March 11, 1993
In figuring Times recipe analyses, several assumptions are made. Unless otherwise specified, butter is assumed to be salted; flour is assumed to be all-purpose; oil is assumed to be canola; chicken is assumed to be skinless breast meat, and optional ingredients are not included. Also, percentage of fat is not included in recipe analyses. This is because, applied to a single recipe rather than to an entire diet, the figures can be very misleading. Current nutritional wisdom holds that fat should not make up more than 30% of the total calories consumed in a day. Since each gram of fat--regardless of type--contains nine calories, this is relatively easy to calculate for recipes analyzed by The Times: Multiply the number of grams of fat by nine, then divide by the total number of calories.