Should I Get a Kitchen Scale?

Yes. Because if it matters, you measure.

When you want to eat mindfully — in a way that improves your nutrition and supports health or athletic goals — you have a few options for how to account for your intake. It may not necessarily be close counting of calories, but every method means some level of knowing how much.

Even when you have a label to rely on, note that food labels generally refer to weight rather than volume. That serving of frozen blueberries that is called “3/4 cup (140 g)” probably takes up more space than a full 1-cup measuring cup, and a kitchen scale makes that clear.

Do I Have to Weigh Everything?

No. But you should do enough weighing that you get a decent sense of what different amounts of food weigh. The only way to do that is practice, and the practice can be strategic:

— Weigh treat or snack foods
— Do you prep batches for food for lunch during the week? Weigh those ingredients and your serving sizes
— For foods you prepare often, weigh occasionally to double-check your consistency

This Seems Like a Lot of Work

A kitchen scale is a good tool to have. Like a bathroom scale, if you feel you have to use it constantly, it can make life worse instead of helping you, so keep in mind that it’s simply a tool to help you meet your goals. And as you get more experience using it, it will become easier.

Here is a long article article about the underappreciated kitchen scale! At least in the U.S. Don’t be daunted by the length — skim for the section headings and dip in.

Photo is of a beautiful 1930s scale that was sold on Etsy.


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