Advertisement -- Learn more about ads on this site.

    SP_STAFF   3,534
2,500-3,999 SparkPoints

600,000 more foods available in search! Search shared foods

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Hi everyone

We launched an improvement to our "Add a Food" page yesterday where you can now search foods shared by other members right from the main search page. As a reminder, when members manually enter a food into their tracker they have the option to share with other members. Please note that these foods are not checked by SparkPeople.

There are two ways to search our shared foods:
1) On the lower right of our Add a Food page you will see a button to select titled "Search foods shared by other members"
2) If you run a normal food search and we don't find any results, we'll automatically search our shared foods.

So you can tell the difference, all shared foods will have a member's username next to the name of the food.

Our main food database has around 10,000 foods, while our shared food count is currently at around 600,000 foods. So this should be very helpful to find new foods on the market, more unique foods, international foods, and more!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LAURIE1953 9/11/2009 6:56PM

    I wish when people put in a food from a package that they would input all of the nutrition information - not just the top box. Many of us are tracking items that are below the top box, such as calcium or specific vitamins. When I check and the information is not complete, then I have to input the information myself. It takes time, which is not a big deal, but it is a waste of space when you have 3, 5 or 7 of the same item listed that don't have complete information.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JERSEYGIRL24 2/17/2009 6:02PM

    This is something I have wanted for a very long time. Thank you so much.

Report Inappropriate Comment
OLGALEON 2/16/2009 6:38PM

    Folks when you enter the foods could you please put in brackets what the quantity is. There are tons of duplications too, so i always check first before I go add something new to make sure someone has not already done so. For instance..Dempsters Whole Grain Bread..there are many entries but only 1 with (1 slice) in brackets. It just makes it easier to know how much a serving is.

This site is awesome and I can't believe we have already added so much to it.

All the improvements are great.

Thanks for designing this site, sure makes it easier when you need to do your nutrition count for the day.

Got to love SparkPeople

Comment edited on: 2/16/2009 6:39:03 PM

Report Inappropriate Comment
KAREN-1328 2/11/2009 11:15PM

    i use all of these tools regularly, it gives a lot more variety!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SKINNYMISSY2008 2/10/2009 11:52PM

    I like all the new improvements on this site so far! Is there a way to share my food with the site itself, instead of with a particular member, so that people can find it easier? I have some foods I've entered in my list that I want to share, but the last time I'd checked, the share food option was only to another member.

Report Inappropriate Comment
DJHEILMANN 2/10/2009 5:16PM

    MOM2ALEX2004, I think with that food you may be misspelling the food name, so it is not finding out main entry for mozzarella.

Report Inappropriate Comment
NEWMOMOVER40 2/9/2009 3:10PM

    Great new feature, especially like the automatic searching of others' shared foods if the SP food list comes up blank. Nice job, Sparkfolk!

Report Inappropriate Comment
ITSTIMECM 2/9/2009 1:10PM

    This is awesome! I use the foods others have input a great deal and it will be nice not to have to navigate to a different page!

Report Inappropriate Comment
AFTER49 2/9/2009 10:15AM

    Thank you!

Report Inappropriate Comment
KACEY08 2/5/2009 8:10PM

    Thank you!! Things keep getting better and better here!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Nice feature, but is there a way to be allowed to add such a food to a grouping? I wasn't able to when I tried.

Report Inappropriate Comment
SAM60SUMTHINK 2/5/2009 1:19AM

    This is a great feature! Thanks!

Report Inappropriate Comment
LINSUARA 2/4/2009 11:57PM

  I love that you always try to make improvements so that we can do what we need to do to go ahead . Thank you for al that you do and have done ! I tell a lot of people about SparkPeople. It is the most awesome site !

Report Inappropriate Comment
SHERI1969 2/4/2009 7:05PM

    Always nice to see new changes to the site. I'm a creature of habit and I eat pretty much the same thing all the time because I know what my body can and cannot handle, but once and a while it is nice to try something differnt. Thanks for the hard work and additions all along.

Report Inappropriate Comment
JUDYLOVE22 2/4/2009 5:54PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
MOM2ALEX2004 2/4/2009 10:42AM

    believe it or not- I don't like this new feature. I searched this morning for mozzerella cheese, which I have been able to find before- and all it came back with was a list of about 25 or so user entered mozzerella cheeses. There really should be a way to sort so that SparkPeople entered items come up first! THAT would be a huge improvement.
Thanks for the effort, but I'm just not digging it.

Report Inappropriate Comment
KIMUSH23 2/3/2009 11:35PM

    Wow that is great!

Kim emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
GGKIDS7 2/3/2009 9:41PM

    Thanks, that is great. I have a lot in my favorites that I have added but did not know I could share them. Now I will.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARTINIGAL413 2/3/2009 9:33PM

    That is wonderful news! I've been waiting for this!

Report Inappropriate Comment
MS_MAYZEE 2/3/2009 7:19PM

    Fantastic!!! Way To Go Sparkpeople!!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    How wonderful. This feature is going to be great becaus of the hand entered foods that are made at home and by scratch. They will have much less calories. Thank You.

Report Inappropriate Comment
PIXIEMOMMA 2/3/2009 5:04PM

    SP never stops amazing me. You are always there to come up with a bigger and better web site. I think this will be a great help. I know when I enter food I enter everything I can off the label of the product.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MARYANNE4403 2/3/2009 4:42PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
MDTWEETY 2/3/2009 4:36PM

    This is great! Thanks soooooo much!

Report Inappropriate Comment
DANNI10 2/3/2009 4:33PM

    Thanks!!! I love how you are always trying to make things so much easier for us. I love Sparkpeople and anything you can do to save me time is just a bigger blessing!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
BEEJAY49 2/3/2009 4:31PM

    Awesome! Thank you again! Always something new and exciting here!

Report Inappropriate Comment

    This is fantastic. I noticed it yesterday when I was searching for chicken Chow Mein. emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
COOLMAMA11 2/3/2009 3:28PM

    Wonderful, Spark just keeps getting better and better, I am so glad I found this site, all the tools I need!

Report Inappropriate Comment
FISHINGLADY66 2/3/2009 3:26PM

    emoticon This is very helpful emoticon

Report Inappropriate Comment
CAROLWARD99 2/3/2009 3:24PM

    Perfect. Now if only it was available when building a recipe.

Report Inappropriate Comment
MRS_TOAD 2/3/2009 3:13PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
COLEMANSR 2/3/2009 3:11PM

    YES! WooHoo. Thanks.

Report Inappropriate Comment
TAZ675 2/3/2009 3:09PM


Report Inappropriate Comment
LEANHELENE1 2/3/2009 3:07PM

    What a great addition!!!!

Just when you think this site is perfect - you guys do something to make it better.

Keep up the good work!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment
SASSY_QUEEN 2/3/2009 3:06PM

    Whoo hooo another great one!

Report Inappropriate Comment
POETSOUL 2/3/2009 3:05PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon for all you do to make things easier for us!
Keep up the good work! Blessings! Vicki

Report Inappropriate Comment

    Thank you soooo much for the new enhancement!!! I noticed it yesterday and it was a great time saver!!! Jackie!!!

Report Inappropriate Comment

Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

Log in to post a comment.

Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.