compare what it says to your product, especially for user-entered ones, if it really bothers you.
Look it up online if it's not in a package with a label, and enter it yourself (especially if you plan to eat it again). A bit of a pain; but it will provide you with the numbers you want
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4/6/13 7:11 A
I know what you mean... I'm from Canada so a lot of the nutrtional contents are completely different. I enter my own food most of the time. Eventually, you build up quite the collection under your "favourites". You can also check "add to favourites" when you do find a food that matches your nutritional label in the manual search (before you add it to your nutrition tracker). That way, you can just search your own favourites for that particular food.
4/5/13 2:55 P
I try to use only the "official Spark" entries (the ones that don't say "by [USERNAME]" beside them. The user-input items are sometimes not accurate.
If it's an item I use often, I will sift through some user-input entries and see if I can find one that actually matches the label, and if I do find an accurate entry, I save it to my favorites. If I can't find one that is good enough (i.e. I just hate entries that use the unit of measure "serving" - I like grams, ounces, cups! and I prefer to use entries that correctly list the vitamins/minerals), then I input it myself.
25 calories? You're worried about a 25 calories difference?
The calories you 'should' eat are an estimation, based on your BMR, which is an estimation, and your daily activity factor, which is an estimation, plus your exercise, which is an estimation (no matter how you measure it - even HRMs are only an estimation). The food values you're tracking are an estimation based on averages.
Given all these estimations, it's entirely possible to be a couple of hundred calories off the desired exact deficit sought quite easily! So 25 calories off on one food really isn't that important.
It's more important that you track everything, than that you track it 100% accurately.
You can enter the box values yourself to create your own food. That way you know it's a closer estimate than the estimates other users have entered from their boxes.
I generally enter all of my own. The only ones that I pull from the list are the ones for whole foods that are entered and updated by Sparkpeople (eg. fresh spinach, apples, etc). I tend to use the same things over and over, so have found that once I got past the initial chunk of time to input everything in to my favorites, that it is only once every couple of weeks or so that I'll have to put in something new.
Unfortunately, manufacturers don't use the same ingredients in all regions all of the time, so there can be many different entries that are all correct for that user, but would be different for someone who bought the same product at a different time or in a different region. I have found that even putting in my own entries that I have had to change to show differences from a package that I bought a few months ago to a package I bought more recently.
I'm a wee bit fussy (ok, maybe a bit obsessive) about that sort of thing, but if you're not that way, then just pick whichever one is closest to what you have and go with it.
Wish I could be of more help...
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4/5/13 2:08 P
I think the list you pull down to select the food to add to you daily totals is TOTALLY confusing. I just pulled up 3 that are labeled the same and they all have different calorie counts (from 85-110). How does one begin to know whick of these is right??? I've compared several to the boxes or items I buy and almost NONE of them match the nutrition on the boxes. Again, calories and nutrition fact can vary alot! This is more than frustrating to me. What do others do??
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