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#23567 - 07/08/04 11:51 PM %'s of various nutrients question

OK... so you read the diets and they say x% fruits & veggies and x% protein... is this percentage by volume, by weight, by calories, or what?


Edited by PeeperKeeper (09/14/06 01:28 PM)

#23568 - 07/09/04 01:00 AM Re: Dumb % question [Re: ]


Actually that is a very intelligent question and one that many don't stop to consider. There is no real answer to your question!! It depends on who you are talking to. That's one of the reasons there is so much confusion about diets....different people use different terminology and different standards. Only thing you can do is ask the person who is providing the figures exactly what they mean. Most of the time you will find that they are just "parroting" something that they have read or been told and don't really know what the figures mean, themselves!! I would guess that most people are probably talking about volume measurements; but to repeat, if it is not clear from the context of the information, the only way you can know for sure is to ask.

Good luck![/]

#23569 - 07/09/04 05:49 AM Re: Dumb % question [Re: ]
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One of the most confusing statements in diets is the amount of protein. Some diet buffs call for a percent of protein while others refer to percent of protein source. There can be a vast difference depending on how you interpret this. And as Randy stated it depends a lot on whether the diet is based on dry weight or volume. Most of the diets listed for gliders are by volume. The people who designed these diets do not leave it up to the novice to do a nutritional break down by percentages based on dry weight. Where most run into trouble with diets is when they take an approved diet and start trying to alter it by substituting some of the ingredients. As a result they usually end up with an altered diet that is not acceptable because the ratios have been changed.
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