Using oil to cook


#1

Hi All

Long time no speak!

Just curious for those that are calorie counting to loose weight.
Do you count the oil you use in your calories? I use rapeseed oil or sesame oil normally but was just curious :slight_smile:


#2

Yes of course. I count every ingredient I use.


#3

Hmm- I don’t tend to- what oil do you use?

Does it impact your calorie allowance alot?


#4

What are you using to count calories? I use MyFitnessPal. If you input whatever oil you are using, and the amount, it will tell you how many calories. I tend to be very sparing with oils and when I do use them it is either plain or infused olive oil. I react very badly to onions and garlic so use the infused oil instead. Olive Oil is 40 calories per teasp. Rapeseed and sesame are similar.


#5

Thanks for that- I dont know why I always assumed they were like 200 cals per spoon lol :slight_smile:


#6

You’re welcome. It’s quite a revelation finding out the calorific value of everyday foods :smile:


#7

Lol revelation or depressing :smiley:


#8

Haha, yes that too. Mind you, Huel has stopped me craving high cal stuff so I don’t really mind anymore :grin:


#9

Have you ever used hing (asafoetida)? I guess so, but if not give it a go…


#10

Surely if you assumed that much it would make sense to count the calories.


#11

Or stay in ignorance…


#12

Haha…oh yeah. LOL


#13

No in all seriousness though, it was something I didnt add because you need it to cook. I dont use a lot or anything but thought about it today.


#14

Oil is very high in calories, so even just a teaspoon can significantly increase the calorie count of your meal, so yes, I would definitely include it.


#15

Yes, thanks, I do use asafoetida and also fresh or dried chives. I would likely be ok with the green parts of onion or leek but I can’t see the point of buying stuff to throw half of it away.


#16

There are ways of avoiding it - my sister (who is super skinny and a gym bunny) uses water in place of oil for sautéing onions, garlic etc when cooking. I don’t worry about a bit of oil myself, as I will scoff a whole packet of biscuits in one go sometimes, and they probably have the same amount of calories each as a tablespoon of oil so it seems silly. I have in the past used water instead of oil, esp if I discover I’ve run out of oil. Not that that happens now my son and his gf have moved out… but you get the picture.