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    Hey all,

    I live in a very small mediterranean country and, believe it or not, we don’t have that many choice in certain areas of the food industry. For example, I know that in bigger nations, you have like 80/20 beef, 90/10, 96/4,etc. Now when it comes to minced chicken breast, that’s kind of easy as I calculate macros/kcals for ‘normal’ chicken breast. But as for beef, we only have one local company that does it (very popular and always same packaging) or else you buy beef minced by the local butcher. How would you go about determining kcals/macros on this ‘popular’ pack of minced beef? It nowhere says how much fat is in it, so I don’t know what to put in my app. Gracias!
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    Originally Posted by worldisnice View Post
    Hey all,

    I live in a very small mediterranean country and, believe it or not, we don’t have that many choice in certain areas of the food industry. For example, I know that in bigger nations, you have like 80/20 beef, 90/10, 96/4,etc. Now when it comes to minced chicken breast, that’s kind of easy as I calculate macros/kcals for ‘normal’ chicken breast. But as for beef, we only have one local company that does it (very popular and always same packaging) or else you buy beef minced by the local butcher. How would you go about determining kcals/macros on this ‘popular’ pack of minced beef? It nowhere says how much fat is in it, so I don’t know what to put in my app. Gracias!

    If all it says is 'beef', it's literally impossible...

    The only sign could be obvious marbling... if you see a lot of white (fat) in the meat, it probably means it's less lean. A very very red (very little white specs) means a leaner meat.
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    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
    If all it says is 'beef', it's literally impossible...

    The only sign could be obvious marbling... if you see a lot of white (fat) in the meat, it probably means it's less lean. A very very red (very little white specs) means a leaner meat.
    The packaged one has some/less than average marbling (I would guess 75/25). The local butcher’s says ‘lean minced beef’ on the package, whatever that means 😅
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    Originally Posted by worldisnice View Post
    The packaged one has some/less than average marbling (I would guess 75/25). The local butcher’s says ‘lean minced beef’ on the package, whatever that means 😅
    Usually anything that says ‘lean’ is probably at most 15% fat
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    Originally Posted by worldisnice View Post
    Hey all,

    I live in a very small mediterranean country and, believe it or not, we don’t have that many choice in certain areas of the food industry. For example, I know that in bigger nations, you have like 80/20 beef, 90/10, 96/4,etc. Now when it comes to minced chicken breast, that’s kind of easy as I calculate macros/kcals for ‘normal’ chicken breast. But as for beef, we only have one local company that does it (very popular and always same packaging) or else you buy beef minced by the local butcher. How would you go about determining kcals/macros on this ‘popular’ pack of minced beef? It nowhere says how much fat is in it, so I don’t know what to put in my app. Gracias!
    Curious... not Malta I presume..

    We have a similar issue here when you buy fresh from the butcher. I make an assumption depending on the marbling, or I ask the butcher what the cut actually is.
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    Originally Posted by xuerebx View Post
    Curious... not Malta I presume..

    We have a similar issue here when you buy fresh from the butcher. I make an assumption depending on the marbling, or I ask the butcher what the cut actually is.
    Yes Malta haha 🙃 we have Dewfresh which is good quality but no info on the label except ‘100% beef’ 😅
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    Hello fellow Malteser! I'll checko ut dewfresh when I'm at the supermarket to compare it with a similar food item which has nutritional info. You will have to estimate though. I use "beef, grass fed, ground, raw" on MyFitnessPal since I also don't have nutritional info on the minced beef I buy from the butcher's. 192 calories/ 100g and 19g protein (uncooked).
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