Food Q&A: Vegetable Calories — Cooked vs. Raw
Why do some cooked veggies have more calories than raw ones?
Need ideas for coping with restaurant buffets? Want some good snack ideas? In our Q&A series, WeightWatchers.com nutritionist and food editor Leslie Fink, MS, RD, answers questions about food, nutrition and weight loss.
Q: I was recently told that a cup of raw carrots has fewer PointsPlus® values than cooked carrots. Why?
A: It all boils down to volume: One cup of cooked carrots weighs in at 156 grams while the same amount of raw carrots weighs 128 grams (vegetables tend to shrink when they cook so you can fit more of them in the cup). This difference in weight translates into a slight caloric difference — 15 calories more for the cooked carrots, to be exact. That's just enough extra calories to push the PointsPlus values "over the edge."