What weight do I go by to determine the true calories of the snack?

Hey Devin! Question for you. I was creating my own sweet potato chips. I weighed the potato before I sliced it, and then again after I cooked and dehydrated them in my oven. What weight do I go by to determine the true calories of the snack? I didnt add excess calories to them. – Jessica L., Pittsburgh, PA

Great question Jessica! sweet-potato-chips

When you dehydrate something, you’re really only extracting/losing water (and maybe some nutrients), so you use the original weight of the sweet potato to determine calories.  I love this question because so many people mistake dried fruit to be good for you.  And while it is not bad for your heart, it’s a huge concentration of sugars!  One of those little dried apricot pieces you eat is the equivalent of ½ of an apricot.  If you’re like me, you could eat handfuls of the dried apricots, but would never eat 10 (or more!) fresh ones! Sorry I don’t have better news for you.  At least with veggies, there isn’t such a concentration of sugar!

Sweet Snacking!

Devin

 

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