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Weighing/Measuring My Green Beans

go52182go52182 Posts: 117Member Member Posts: 117Member Member
So everything says that a food scale is the way to go over using a measuring cup. Here's the thing that's been frustrating me to no end so I thought I'd ask you guys. My canned greans beans state a serving size is 1/2 cup (120g) ... well 120g comes out to be WAY more than 1/2 cup! So which is correct??


  • just_Tomekjust_Tomek Posts: 8,136Member Member Posts: 8,136Member Member
  • go52182go52182 Posts: 117Member Member Posts: 117Member Member
    Well that kinda tells me that my measuring cup is more accurate than weighing out the stated 120g, in this situation.

    Is every food label incorrect? I don't want to have to go to this site every time I need to log something new.
    edited January 20
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Posts: 21,602Member Member Posts: 21,602Member Member
    Canned green beans are cooked, so I wouldn't use a raw USDA entry for them.

    When my measuring cup/spoon doesn't match the weight of an item, I go with the weight. Measuring cups/spoons can be packed differently and they're less reliable than weight.
  • go52182go52182 Posts: 117Member Member Posts: 117Member Member
    That does make sense. I was frustrated because I wanted to weight out 2 servings. Weighing out 240g was like piling them on and on and on! I was like "what the heck this is SO much!!"

    And it seems impossible at 1/2 cup that there would be 3.5 servings in the can...
  • lemurcat2lemurcat2 Posts: 4,530Member Member Posts: 4,530Member Member
    Usually the information on the can for canned stuff is undrained.

    Navy beans on the can = 1/2 cup (130 g) is 110 cal. USDA information has canned weighing 130 g at 147 g. The difference is the canned one includes water to make up the weight, so is fewer beans.

    Green beans are likely the same.

    I always use the USDA entry for canned beans, because it's too much of pain trying to get the measurements to work out otherwise.
  • bold_rabbitbold_rabbit Posts: 702Member Member Posts: 702Member Member
    If we were eating canned green beans, I would do the following.

    Assumes we are splitting the can between 2 people, but can work with more.

    Drain, rinse if needed. Heat. Put all the beans on one tared plate. Move half to 2nd plate.

    Choose entry in MFP for entire container. Enter .5 of the container as my amount.
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