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Old 05-19-2009, 02:36 PM   #1
Stephane Hachey
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Zone/ Follow the book or the Nutritional label

Quick question about frozen broccoli. I want to eat two blocks of it. The book says 1 cup of broccoli is approximately 9 grams, the nutritional label on the bag says it's 4 grams. For today I'm having 4 cups for two blocks. Just wondering what you guys think?
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:44 PM   #2
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Re: Zone/ Follow the book or the Nutritional label

This question comes up surprisingly often. I'm not sure why anybody would think that the book would supersede the actual label of a food item (if it has one). The lists in the book (and CFJ 21) are just approximations.
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Old 05-19-2009, 05:57 PM   #3
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Re: Zone/ Follow the book or the Nutritional label

Frozen, cooked, and fresh broccoli will all have different amounts of water, affecting the weight. Small broccoli florets will pack differently from larger clusters, changing the actual quantity of broccoli in a cup. Ditto cooked broccoli, because it's a bit softer and will conform to the measuring cup.

Buy a scale. It's the only way to be sure.

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Old 05-20-2009, 06:14 AM   #4
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Re: Zone/ Follow the book or the Nutritional label

Like most fruit and vegetables brocolli is about 90% water so you can eat it in practically unlimited amounts without it contributing a significant number of calories to your diet so it's a bit pointless worrying about eating a gram or two more or less than intended.

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Old 05-20-2009, 08:46 AM   #5
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Re: Zone/ Follow the book or the Nutritional label

Pick a method and stick with it. Make adjustments accordingly. If you keep the same method at least you can eliminate some variables when you feel the need to make changes.
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Re: Zone/ Follow the book or the Nutritional label

Thanks for the replies. I'll get a scale when I'm home again. For now I'll go with the nutritional label. I just found it odd that there was that much of a difference.
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:32 PM   #7
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Re: Zone/ Follow the book or the Nutritional label

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Thanks for the replies. I'll get a scale when I'm home again. For now I'll go with the nutritional label. I just found it odd that there was that much of a difference.
i would go with whichever one makes you eat less of it to get your blocks in haha
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Old 05-21-2009, 01:16 AM   #8
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Re: Zone/ Follow the book or the Nutritional label

Also note, the charts in the book were published in 1995/1996 ... so not our most current definition of blocks.
If you go to Zonediet.com and print out their free, current block chart. 3 Cups of cooked broccoli is a block, or 4 cups raw.
I would use nutrition labels and scale as a best bet, and the most recent version of the block chart as a stand by.
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