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    Extracts and calories

    Wed Dec 19, 2001 3:52 pm Groupie
    I was wondering if there are calories in extracts/essences/flavorings?
    Wed Dec 19, 2001 3:57 pm Groupie
    From what I can find extracts have no calories-cant swear by that, though.
    flavorings-I would guess there's a posibility. Sorry, Di
    Wed Dec 19, 2001 6:06 pm Groupie
    I guess they have calories.
    Did u check on
    may get it there.
    Wed Dec 19, 2001 6:10 pm Groupie
    Yeah-I was there and the 2 I looked at said extracts not measureable but I got the impression that the flavorings did. But, if it's an extract why wouldnt it have calories? The sugar content must be high??? Another Hmmmmm. Di
    Wed Dec 19, 2001 7:10 pm Groupie
    Yes, guess your right, sugar must be high and must be fatening, gosh, I am going to hv to b careful next time I go pour pour with the essence bottle:)
    Wed Dec 19, 2001 8:02 pm Groupie
    Thanks .. i would think that imitation flavorings wouldnt have calories though ... any ideas?
    Gay Gilmore
    Wed Dec 19, 2001 10:01 pm Groupie
    You should ask the experts here: us!

    To give you the nutritional information for any recipe we have to know it for each ingredient. We plan to have a feature soon where you can look up this data for any ingredient, but you can sort of get the idea just by clicking the "Nutritional Facts" header on the box on any recipe and you will see what each ingredient contributes. So you could go to any recipe that calls for an extract then click the blue "Nutrtitional Facts" link to see what damage it does. Turns out, not much:

    1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract has
    12 calories
    .00252g fat
    .378g sodium
    ...and trace amounts of just about everything except
    1.4448g of alcohol (but that often burns off when cooking)
    Thu Dec 20, 2001 4:22 am Groupie
    Hmmmm, now I have to burn 12 calories extra everytime I make cake:)
    Thu Dec 20, 2001 8:54 am Groupie
    Thanks icon_smile.gif
    I will do that in the future icon_smile.gif
    Miss Erin
    Thu Dec 20, 2001 9:44 am Groupie

    Hmmmm, now I have to burn 12 calories extra everytime I make cake:)

    Charishma, I have this picture of you eating the entire thing in one sitting! You could probably burn those 12 plus a few more if you mixed the cake together by hand instead of with an electric mixer.
    Tue Dec 25, 2001 2:01 pm Groupie
    Hahaha Haaahaa!!
    I could never eat a whole cake at one go for sure:)!
    Could you, Erin?
    Hmmm, your fiance would give me angry looks then:)!

    BTW, does it really help to mix with the hand while making the cake batter if we want fewer calories from essences and other ingredients?
    Miss Erin
    Tue Dec 25, 2001 2:57 pm Groupie
    It wouldn't lower the calories, but you could probably burn them off mixing it by hand rather than letting a machine do all the work. Thisnk about the calories you could burn off while cooking. I'm guessing there are many things you do routinely that burn off calories. I'm going to see if I can find a site that has this info on it. It's like exercising in the kitchen!

    Okay, this is what I have found...
    You burn 165 calories in an hour of cooking,
    84 cal/hour eating,
    72 cal/hour sitting quietly,
    90 cal/hour sitting and talking and 60 cal/hour sleeping

    I wouldn't worry about 12 extra calories in a teaspoon of extract.
    Wed Dec 26, 2001 6:12 am Groupie
    Hey Erin, you made my day! Now, I think I'm going to pour all the essences down everyone's throats , ASAP! HAHA!
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