question about marinating chicken

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    Dec 27, 2010 1:22 AM GMT
    how much of the calories/carbs ect of the marinade absorbs into the chicken and when it is cooked, does that change? For example, if I marinate a piece of chicken in a cup of orange juice - do I need to account for the calories that are in one cup of orange juice? I dont really understand how that works. Is it possible to marinate chicken in something 'unhealthy' but have it still be 'healthy' once its cooked?
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    Dec 27, 2010 1:32 AM GMT
    blackstrap saidhow much of the calories/carbs ect of the marinade absorbs into the chicken and when it is cooked, does that change? For example, if I marinate a piece of chicken in a cup of orange juice - do I need to account for the calories that are in one cup of orange juice? I dont really understand how that works.[...]


    In theory whatever you ingest would have the calories. If you marinate, but pour it off before cooking the chicken, you will not be ingesting the caloric content of the marinate which was poured off.


    blackstrap said[...] Is it possible to marinate chicken in something 'unhealthy' but have it still be 'healthy' once its cooked?


    Are you talking actual cooking, or doing magic tricks?
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    Dec 27, 2010 2:48 AM GMT
    I'd imagine that the residual calories left in the chicken would be negligible. If not, what's a few more calories if the marinade makes the chicken tasty enough to keep you on track with healthy eating?
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    Dec 27, 2010 3:28 AM GMT
    Not enough to make a difference, unless you are watching your sodium intake
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    Dec 27, 2010 3:30 AM GMT
    you can make a lower calorie marinade or something healthier/more beneficial with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and various spices.
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    Dec 27, 2010 4:05 AM GMT
    BuddyinNYC said
    blackstrap saidhow much of the calories/carbs ect of the marinade absorbs into the chicken and when it is cooked, does that change? For example, if I marinate a piece of chicken in a cup of orange juice - do I need to account for the calories that are in one cup of orange juice? I dont really understand how that works.[...]


    In theory whatever you ingest would have the calories. If you marinate, but pour it off before cooking the chicken, you will not be ingesting the caloric content of the marinate which was poured off.


    blackstrap said[...] Is it possible to marinate chicken in something 'unhealthy' but have it still be 'healthy' once its cooked?


    Are you talking actual cooking, or doing magic tricks?


    no magic tricks ;) i sorta meant in the same way that alcohol is cooked out of wine - is it possible to cook out fats and sugars. maybe thats a really dumb question but i dont really know anything about cooking.
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    Dec 27, 2010 4:07 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidI'd imagine that the residual calories left in the chicken would be negligible. If not, what's a few more calories if the marinade makes the chicken tasty enough to keep you on track with healthy eating?


    well yeah thats actually what im getting at. i dont wanna be so strict with my diet that i end up eating stuff i dont like and then cheating or whatever with really shitty food. if theres a little more calories in something that tastes good that isnt going to make me wanna go get pizza later on..its worth it.
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    Dec 27, 2010 4:09 AM GMT
    blackstrap said
    BuddyinNYC said
    blackstrap saidhow much of the calories/carbs ect of the marinade absorbs into the chicken and when it is cooked, does that change? For example, if I marinate a piece of chicken in a cup of orange juice - do I need to account for the calories that are in one cup of orange juice? I dont really understand how that works.[...]


    In theory whatever you ingest would have the calories. If you marinate, but pour it off before cooking the chicken, you will not be ingesting the caloric content of the marinate which was poured off.


    blackstrap said[...] Is it possible to marinate chicken in something 'unhealthy' but have it still be 'healthy' once its cooked?


    Are you talking actual cooking, or doing magic tricks?


    no magic tricks ;) i sorta meant in the same way that alcohol is cooked out of wine - is it possible to cook out fats and sugars. maybe thats a really dumb question but i dont really know anything about cooking.


    No. (Excellent question though.)
    Always ask if you have questions.
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    Dec 27, 2010 4:09 AM GMT
    It's an osmosis issue I think. How much of the carbs in the juice are absorbed by the chicken.
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    Dec 27, 2010 11:27 AM GMT
    If your diet is right, you won't have cravings, or...rarely.

    If you want pizza, eat pizza; just don't be a pig about it.

    I wouldn't sweat the marinade, unless it's real sugary, or has a ton of sodium. If either is the case, you should consider alternatives.

    If you REALLY want to know the calories absorbed, use Common Sense 101, and weigh the marinade before and after use. The difference will be the calories absorbed in the chicken and lost in your processing. A total NO BRAINER.
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    Dec 27, 2010 3:24 PM GMT
    Oh if you marinate that chicken breast, you are gonna blow up to the size if the Hindenberg. ... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 27, 2010 4:23 PM GMT
    Shouldn't really make much of a difference if you grill it (are you using lard?)... Baking or frying is probably worse
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    Dec 27, 2010 8:08 PM GMT
    ahhh fuckin. i missed common sense 101. i had to take some time off of asshole school cuz i was getting my brain removed. thanks buddy!
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    Dec 27, 2010 8:40 PM GMT
    Choking the chicken can remove lots of protein.