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LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 17,609
4/13/14 5:34 P

" Personally, I think Spark should scrape the whole list and start over."

The non-user enter data IS accurate and is from the USDA database.

No need to throw out the baby with the bathwater... maybe user-entered thing should be personal and non sharable.

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KKKAREN Posts: 12,223
4/13/14 2:06 P

I track more ingredients than just fat, protein and carbs. I see mistakes all over the data base for foods. When I first started I made many mistakes entering foods myself. Now I make sure I enter all nutrients and put them in my favorites. Personally, I think Spark should scrape the whole list and start over.

ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (141,419)
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4/13/14 1:03 P

Just buy a good, old fashioned book, or go to your dietitian and get one for free...........easy peesie. After awhile, you tend to eat the same things, so you remember all the details, so you aren't looking at the book that often, anyway. But good to have around. No batteries.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
4/13/14 12:34 P

You must do your own due diligence when it comes to your own nutrition.

Using user generated entries can be spotty at times...I have found inaccuracies numerous times (even just differences in carb amounts, fat amounts, etc.) ..when building my data base, I double checked everything via google.

For me, all I do need to track is calories, fat, carbs, protein and soduim (that's just me and my own requirements). So, naturally, that is all I enter.

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JANCARD SparkPoints: (85,218)
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4/13/14 12:20 P

Yes, I've noticed that too, and it was nice of you to mention for others who didn't realize it. Some people are only interested in tracking their calorie intake, so they don't include all the nutritional data. I typically create all my own favorites to include what I need. Also, with some foods, the manufacturers change recipes, in which case the nutritional label may get updated and revised. So some of what is on the lists might not be from the current label for a product.

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
-Francis of Assisi

CHERIMILLER111 SparkPoints: (7,196)
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4/13/14 10:44 A

I recently realized that a lot of the foods listed on the lists in Sparkpeople don't have the correct and/or full nutritional content. If you are tracking specific nutrients, as I am, it makes it difficult to put together an accurate menu for the day. I found online. If you need to know the potassium, magnesium, selenium or maybe vitamin E content of foods, as well as calories, you'll need to look it up. I'm adding foods with the full nutritional content as I go along.

Cheri Miller
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