Weigh foods before or after cooking?

I often weigh my food to track it. If I select a food like “Spinach-cooked from fresh” should I weigh it before or after cooking?

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    I like to weigh food before cooking, because water content varies with different cooking methods. The good news is most foods seem to have similar nutrients before and after cooking when you compare the USDA raw and cooked versions. The inconvenient news is food in the NCCDB tends to be the cooked version, so you'll either need to weigh the cooked version, or figure out how to convert the raw weight to cook weight for logging. I use this trick:

    1. Weigh raw food, log raw weight in diary.
    2. Find cooked version of food, add entry in diary.
    3. Replace the calorie count of the cooked food with the raw calorie. Cronometer should automatically adjust the unit of cooked food.
    4. Remove raw food entry. Now you have roughly the cooked equivalent of the raw food!


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