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Two Stupid Food Questions

Hey all,

I've got two questions for ya. I bought some perdue chicken breasts at the store and was wondering if anyone knew if each breast was about 4 oz,or more.I'm cutting and I'm really trying to keep control of my caloric intake right now.

Also,I'm making protein pancakes and I have to use some kind of oil.I was wondering if there is a oil you cn use(like flaxseed oil) thats low in fat,but you can also cook with it.


I believe that flax seed oil should never be cooked, as cooking causes certain compounds in the oil to become toxic.


Yeah,thats why I asked if there was another kind of oil that I could cook with that was aslo low in fat.


go buy a scale, and then read everything ever written by Berardi, why would you need a low fat oil FFS?


A tbsp of flax oil will have the same amount of fat as a tbsp of veg. oil..the type of fat will be different but not the amount. Just cook it in canola oil.


Buy a digital food scale. It will change your life b/c makes counting calories and determining portions so much easier.


One simple method of determining the weight of each breast is by looking at the label on the package. Typically Purdue breasts are sold by the pound. If the package is one pound, and there are two breasts per package, then assuming they are about the same size, they are about 8 ounces a piece.

As far as a "low-fat oil", I'm not so sure there is such a thing. You are better off focusing on the type of fat in the oil. As a threshold matter, it may pay to take a quick look at your entire intake of fat, instead of just focusing on what you use as an oil for cooking. John Berardi gave this handy chart an explanation.


I cook with a combination of sesame oil and olive oil. I like the taste of the added sesame oil and it seems to raise the smoking point of olive oil a bit. For pancakes, I use canola oil in an aerosol can. It's easier to control application of the oil to the pan.


There is no such thing as low-fat oil. Oil is liquid fat. If you want to use less oil, try adding a small amount of coconut or olive oil (NEVER flax oil) to the pan, and also add water, and basically poach the chicken (covering it might help). You can also try baking it.


Go with coconut oil, but only virgin, unrefined coconut oil. It's got a very high smoke point, and it's a medium chain trigyceride, which is good for you.

When you're sick just eat a tablespoon of it "raw." The monolaurin in it is a good anti-viral.

Of course, it's expensive but you need very little. A pint lasts me a long time. A teaspoon will cover the bottom of my 15" fry pan.


He's worried about the protein pancakes, not the chicken.

Why do you need to use oil? You can cook pancakes with a good non-stick pan. It's worth the $30 or so to just not have to scrape crap off a pan, and you'll probably make it up in oil long-term.



you can bake and cook with coconut oil, and it has a few less calories per gram than sat fats...anyone remember?
Anyways it should be great for pancakes.


I'd go with oil if I were bulking,lol.I got some pancake mix that says you need one tblspeen of oil to mix it with.


Olive oil is far and away the healthiest oil to use, as much of the fat is monounsaturated, which is a haelthy variety believed to prevent cancer. If cooking, do not use any type of virgin olive oil, as it will burn at higher temps. Just use regular olive oil.


I don't know if you can still get it, but MCT oil, it was sold by TWINLAB, not seen it for years, it was having some publicity for a while. Parillo and people said you could cook with it. I never tried this, but I swigged it out the bottle. The jury was out on it all in all.


Low fat oil is an oxymoron.

Now when are they coming out with a low protein version of Grow!?

Brian Hildebrandt


Flaxseed oil may be an oil you can't cook with,but it's still a low fat oil. So,maybe you need to look up that word in the dictionary and read a bit more.


LOL I love it when people who are flat out wrong start getting pissy towards those who correct them.

How on earth can you believe flax OIL is low FAT? OIL=FAT

What else do you think is in it? A bunch of protein? Carbs? Water? Magic Beans?


Just because soemthing says oil doesn't mean it's really high in fat.How can I believe flaxseed oil is low fat? Well,I must be blind,along with a million other people.The flaxeed oil I use has one gram of fat.


One gram of fat? ... Now, what was the serving size?

What's In "Now Flax Seed Oil"?

Supplement Facts:
Serving Size: 1 TBSP (15 mL)
Amount Per Serving:

Calories 125
Calories from Fat 125
Total Fat 14 g 22%
Saturated Fat 1.5 g 8%
Polyunsaturated Fat 9.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3 g


I'm pretty sure all oils have the same fat content.