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Tuesday 7 March 2017

Water in Meat and Poultry

Back in the early days of becoming a diabetic, nine years ago this month, I kept a very strict food diary. I logged and weighed everything I ate, calculating protein intake I made a big mistake. I was weighing the raw meat to check calories and did not know at the time, how high the water content of meat is, even after cooking. My calculations on protein intake were around 50% out. One thing is for sure, we pay a lot of money for that water, and of course, there are no calories in water. 

"Meat and poultry are composed of naturally occurring water, muscle, connective tissue, fat, and bone. People eat meat for the muscle. The muscle is approximately 75% water (although different cuts may have more or less water) and 20% protein, with the remaining 5% representing a combination of fat, carbohydrate, and minerals. The percentage of naturally occurring water in meat varies with the type of muscle, the kind of meat, the season of the year, and the pH of the meat. Fat in meat is found both between muscles and within muscles. In both locations, fat contributes to overall flavor and juiciness in meats"
Information from here



Dianna said...

You are so right, Eddie. We pay a lot of money for that water is in our meat. Thank you for the reminder.

Debbie said...

we actually pay a lot of money for bottled water as well, much of it is not as pure as they present it to be. this is interesting - facts i did not know and never thought about. as a nurse, i am embarrassed that i didn't know this!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I had no idea of the water content in meat, this is an eyeopener for sure.

DeniseinVA said...

This is very informative. Thank you Eddie.

John M said...

Maybe this is why food gets so soggy in the crock pot.

Lowcarb team member said...

John said:
"Maybe this is why food gets so soggy in the crock pot."

I have also posted a comment on your blog ... but you may find this article interesting:
15 Helpful Tips When Cooking With a Slow Cooker

Happy Cooking

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

Very revealing.

Magic Love Crow said...

Wow, I never new this Eddie! Thank you!