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Hi Guys. Boy have I got some doozies tonight. I have long questioned why Olive Garden Spaghetti blows your diet out of the ocean… big time calories… big time sodium. It just messes you up. I have questioned the sodium content at around 4000 mg. My wife, Shirley makes this marvellous homemade spaghetti and uses “No salt added” tomato paste, diced tomatoes and sauce If that is the case, how do we get from a very low sodium going in to a high concentration coming out???
I can’t figure it out, can you? So, I did some figuring. You will see some of my calculations in the chart below. It is still out of this world. Here is what I did – right or wrong – this is the gospel for me….
I took the nutritional values of each ingredient and reduced it to 1 oz. After that I multiplied each value by 8 to get it back to a cup. Therefore, we will use a cup as the measuring standard for all our values. One problem is the difference between the measurement of dry and cooked spaghetti. I searched the old truthful, trustworthy internet and found a website (about nutrition) and this lady said the 2 oz measure of dry spaghetti is equivalent to 1 cup of cooked. Okay, that helped to settle that question. So, I pulled the spaghetti out of the figure to be multiplied by 8 and added it back in on the bottom calculation.
Even with that, 1 cup of spaghetti with meat sauce gives you a whopping 2040 calories and 860 mg of sodium. Why aren’t our Italian friends bigger than barns? They love pasta, and so do I. We even use ground serloin that is 90/10 lean and fat.
I feel like I am missing something. My one question (other question) is how do you treat the facts and figures when the volume of the can added to the mix is less than a cup? I don’t think I am correct in reducing it to 1 oz and then multiplying those ingredient fact by 8?
Any of you math folks or nutritional persons out there want to take a swing at this curve ball? I sure would love to get the correct answer. Lord knows, I am swinging and missing.
Faith works like that some times. We get ourselves into an impossible situation… one we can’t quite figure out. We work and work and work and work some more… only to end up throwing our hands in the air in disgust. “I just can’t do this” we say. And we throw in the towel and just give in. I experienced the same thing working with Ancestry… I’ve got some folks – my great-grandfather for one – I can’t move beyond. Even their own children didn’t put my great-grandfather’s parent’s names on their death certificate. Come on folks… give me a break… what are you hiding? Shirley’s mother was sewing a red velvet dress for her. Her mother would get fed up and throw it in the corner for a while, come back to it later and get some things worked out. She did finish it and Shirley wore it to a party.
I am throwing this in your court tonight, hoping that you know how to do this and are willing to share that information with me. If so, PLEASE respond. Soon I will be eating the spaghetti box.
In faith, we all have a Helper and a Friend to guide us when we are on the stormy seas. One touch of His gentle hand and we find the strength and grace to go on. Turn to Him in your times of trouble.
Grace and Peace
PS – I am working on my book – soon to be released – KILL POTUS. Isn’t that a preacherly title? Working on that means I have less time for the blogs. I will continue to do as much as I can on each. Keep watching my author’s page for the latest news on the book.