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I've come across this before in the past and I can't explain in. The nutritional label on a food item will say the food has "xxx" many calories per serving. Then I go on google and many websites (including cronometer) say different than the nutritional label.

For example, let take lentils:

On the nutritional label for lentils it says it has 150 calories per 1/4 cup or 600 calories per cup. http://www.amazon.com/Bobs-Red-Mill-Lentils-27-Ounce/dp/B004VLVK4O/...

A simple google search says otherwise though that a cup of lentils is 230 calories per cup.

https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=lentils+low+calorie

Likewise, cronometer says similar to google in that a cup of lentils is about 229.7 calories per cup. https://cronometer.com/#_=_

I also thought maybe the nutritional label is measuring the calories in a 1/4 cup of cooked lentils and not dry. The calorie counts are still off though, because 1 cup of dry lentils makes roughly 2-2.5 cups of cooked lentils. If that was the case then the calorie count would be between 300-240 calories per 1 cup of lentils.

Does anyone know why I'm getting different calorie amounts for the same food?

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Use grams of dry starch rather than cup
Weight is better

The accuracy of the measurement is not in question. It is a question about how the energy content of a food can be vary across brands or medias. Which obviously makes no sense.

It's gotta be to do with cooked v. dry, as you mentioned. 1 cup dry lentils may make varying amounts of cooked lentils due to how much water is used and cooking time. That's my only explanation!

yes, exactly.  cooked is 230 calories per cup, dry is 678 calories per cup, raw sprouted is 82 calories per cup. 

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