Fish and Fishy Research (Days 11 and 12)

To figure out the stats (calories, fat grams, protein grams, etc.) for the various foods I eat, I’ve mainly taken advantage of a feature of Google where you type in the amount of food, followed by the type of food, followed by the word “calories,” and then a list of nutrition facts pops up.  So, for example, just search for

3 oz halibut calories

and it pulls up the data, generally from the USDA.  So it’s quick and easy to get a decent estimate.   However, in my experience, the numbers are often a bit strange.  For example, 3 oz of “halibut” has 12 g of fat and 158 calories, but 3 oz of “halibut, raw” has 1 g of fat and 78 calories.  Those are rather different!  Looking at an actual packaged frozen filet at the grocery store, the stats appear to be closer to the latter.  So maybe “halibut” means you eat the skin, too?  But with “halibut, raw” you don’t?  I’m not sure, but it certainly complicates keeping a stats diary!

Anyways, salmon (regardless of whatever label is attached to it) seems to consistently be one of the fattiest fish out there.  However, salmon has rarely sat well in my stomach in my life, so it’s not something I’m anxious to try again.  And everything else available in my grocery store didn’t seem to be that fatty.  (And, WOW, is fish ever expensive!  I’ve had halibut before, and it was awesome, but when I can get almost nine pounds of ground beef instead, it’s no longer appealing!)

Thus, I settled on a much cheaper fish:  swai.  It claimed to have a tiny amount of fat in it, but it’s real purpose is going to be as another fat absorber, like eggs.  I’ve had it in the past, and it soaks up butter like crazy and is quite tasty.  Thus, I’ll make a fatty fish out of it yet!  That’ll be on the menu for Day 13.

Meals Eaten:
Day 11
B- 3 eggs, 1.5 tbsp butter (salt)
L- 6 oz of 80/20 hamburger, 2 eggs
D- 5 3/8 oz sirloin steak, .5 tbsp butter

Total stats for the day:
1353 cal, 103f, 101p
Fat cal to pro cal ratio:  927 to 404 = 70% to 30%

Day 12
B- 2 fried eggs, 1 tbsp butter (salt)
L- 6 oz of 80/20 hamburger, 2 eggs
D- 6 oz sirloin steak

Total stats for the day:
1226 cal, 89f, 100p
Fat cal to pro cal ratio:  801 to 400 = 67% to 23%

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