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Old 03-02-2008, 03:04 AM   #1
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How much fat does a Foreman remove?

Hi all,

Was just wandering....does anyone know roughly how much fat a Foreman Grill removes?

I grill a lot of Lamb and Beef burgers and need to know whether I need to replace fat lost from the burger. For e.g. a burger has 21g protein and 18g fat. So i treat this as 3 blocks of protein. Question is.......how many fat blocks should i count it as? If half the fat is removed that's fine because there is 3 blocks of fat left. If more than half the fat is removed I need to add some via olive oil etc.

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Old 03-06-2008, 12:23 PM   #2
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Re: How much fat does a Foreman remove?

It's a marketing gimmick. Grilling, whether on a foreman grill, or a real grill, doesn't really take out much fat at all. The studies I have read claimed less than 3% of the total fat was "removed".
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Old 03-06-2008, 12:27 PM   #3
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Re: How much fat does a Foreman remove?

Let's not resort to high wishes or our anal tendencies
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Old 03-06-2008, 12:48 PM   #4
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Re: How much fat does a Foreman remove?

Any fat removed is too much.
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Old 03-06-2008, 01:21 PM   #5
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Re: How much fat does a Foreman remove?

What a bizarre collection of responses. I'm tempted to confuse Gavin even more by adding something like "It removes 150%!" but that would be unkind.

I have no idea, really.
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Old 03-06-2008, 01:52 PM   #6
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Re: How much fat does a Foreman remove?

weigh it
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:14 PM   #7
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Re: How much fat does a Foreman remove?

Yeah, most of the stuff you see flowing out of a Foreman isn't fat, just other juices from the meat. SOME of it is, but it is misleading because no fire is involved- the grill is designed to trick you into thinking a whole bunch of bad stuff runs out of the meat as opposed to an open-flame grill, when in reality most of the same stuff runs off, but is burned up by the flame. Granted a slight bit is pressed out as the grill puts pressure on the meat, but I wouldn't worry about it. Weighing it isn't the best option, IMO (unless that was meant as a joke?), since a lot of water will evaporate, as well as other stuff burning off. Though there might be less of this problem on a Foreman as opposed to an open-flame grill.

Overall, don't worry about it.
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Re: How much fat does a Foreman remove?

definately don't weigh the fat to tell how much came out.
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:56 AM   #9
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Re: How much fat does a Foreman remove?

I agree with Skylar. It would be impossible to put a figure on how much fat a George Foreman removes, i've cooked chicken on my George Foreman and mostly water comes out, a bit of fat too i would presume. I've also cooked some sausages on there and lots of fat came out. So it will depend on what you put in it as to how much fat could potentially be removed.

Maybe when you cook your burgers have a look in the container once they are cooked. If it's mostly liquid you should still be able to get an idea of some fat because it will float on top of the water. If it looks like a decent amount then maybe you should suppliment with some addition oil, if it doesn't then most of it has probably stayed in the burger and helped it to cook.
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:47 AM   #10
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Re: How much fat does a Foreman remove?

I'm pretty sure when the Foreman was sold as the Lean Mean Fat-reducing Grilling machine, it had a disclaimer on the box. Hold on...

"According to measured testing by Consumer Reports, editors found no significant difference in fat content between burgers cooked on indoor grills and those fried in pans. So using an electric grill probably is not going to drastically reduce your fat intake unless you change your eating habits in general."
http://www.consumersearch.com/www/ki...ls/review.html wfs

The only difference founce was miniscule, and only in comparison to pan frying(not on a real grill). I would imagine letting the meat drain a little on some paper towels after pan-frying would be the same.

Try my new Andy Shirley's Lean Mean Fat Reducing Paper Towels:
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