How much exactly is 1 cup? (in grams or milliliters)

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    How much exactly is 1 cup? (in grams or milliliters)

    Dumb question, but as an European I'm unsure what exactly is meant by "1 cup" in the VERO diet? Could someone tell me how many grams or milliliters it is, so I'll measure my meals correctly. Thanks and sorry!

    #2
    Looks like one cup is equal to 236.5 milliliters. Grams would depend on what you’re using.

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      #3
      Measuring ingredients in cups is (with the exception of fluids) the absolute dumbest way to measure anything, ever. Every dry ingredient weighs differently in a cup, so you're either forced to just pick a cup and try not to worry about the volume of ingredients you pack in there, or you slowly build a table of conversion yourself. Basically, if you measure broccoli in a cup, for example, you'll probably come up with a different weight in grammes every time you stuff the broccoli into the cup, so you can only make rough estimates. At least, you don't have to worry a lot about the exact weights, except for baking bread and some cakes/cookies/pastries.
      If you're proficient in German, by chance, I know some tables with lots of ingredients, but couldn't dig one up in English on short notice.

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        #4
        Agreed, cups is as useful as miles or pounds

        But it's a unit of volume, not weight, so trying to convert it to weight just doesn't make sense

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          #5
          Originally posted by Ryuji View Post
          Agreed, cups is as useful as miles or pounds

          But it's a unit of volume, not weight, so trying to convert it to weight just doesn't make sense
          That doesn't make it any better! Why should anyone on this forsaken world should measure solid ingredients in volume?!? Why?!?!? This doesn't make any sense! ARGH!

          Anyway, Neonshark, you could look through the search results of your preferred search engine (here's what I've come up with) and see if you find the ingredients your looking for. There are a few calculators for rice, oats, yoghurt and the like that might (hopefully) help you

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            #6
            Originally posted by Nihopaloa View Post

            That doesn't make it any better! Why should anyone on this forsaken world should measure solid ingredients in volume?!? Why?!?!? This doesn't make any sense! ARGH!
            The short answer is... because the US won WWII

            Trust me it pissed me to no end to have to learn all of these things when I moved to north america.

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              #7
              1 cup is
              8 US fluid ounces
              16 tablespoons
              2 gills
              8.33 imperial ounces
              236.6 millilitres
              2.3659E-7 megalitters
              0.00099206 hogshead

              More importantly it's a standard unit of measurement in cooking that most people have access to or are familiar with. When a cup isn't handy it's easy to visualize what a cup of rice or chopped apples look like.
              Outside of baking where a more exact measurements and ratios of ingredients can make a vast difference in quality most cooking a little extra or less doesn't matter.
              I've been doing the Modern Hero Diet for awhile now and then idea of a cup of food is great. Like I said it's easy reference for when I don't have a cup handy. Just pick up a set and use it. You'll get the hang of it.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Ryuji View Post

                Trust me it pissed me to no end to have to learn all of these things when I moved to north america.
                I feel you. Things like that make me keep away from the USA more than anything else. I'm sure it's a great country to visit, but I would probably be screaming "Why?!?" all the time, and I don't want to bother the people over there.
                So i stay here in the old world with my beloved metric system, which is so incredibly beautiful I could write poems about it.

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                  #9
                  no comment...

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                    #10
                    If you live in the prairie and do no have access to modern technoligy like scales, then the cup is probably a good measurement to bake a cake.
                    About the metric system: Have a look here

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                      #11
                      A cup is about the size of a fist or a tennis ball. It's a volumetric measure rather than a weight measure, which is why it varies based on food size/shape as to how much can fit

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                        #12
                        Thank you everyone, especially LizardFriend95 and HumanMonster! 236.5 milliliters is a measurement I can work with. And aerochic, thank you for the visualization tip, that'll be useful! '


                        The "default" measuring cup we use in Finland is 100 milliliters, so I would have been eating way too little if I hadn't asked. Maybe that's why my previous attempts with these diets failed...
                        And yes, I do realize how dumb it was to ask about grams since volume and weight aren't the same for all products, oops.


                        But seriously thank you all, you helped a lot! I'm coming off a five day juice cleanse tomorrow and planning to stick with VERO diet after.

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