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Pet Peeve about SparkPeople Nutrition Tracking

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Don't get me wrong, I love this site, I love the fact that it's free, and I love what it's done for me, in terms of educating me about nutrition and fitness habits.

But today, I went with my family to Outback, and had a half rack of ribs, which I totally deserved. Came back home, went to track it, and was dismayed when I saw the results. The calorie count seemed outrageous. I decided to do more research, and found calorie counts ranging from 800 to 1700+ on the user-entered nutrition entries, while over at Outback's own website the entree is listed at 670 calories.

Seems like the user-entered items aren't policed, patrolled, validated or double-checked in any meaningful way. I wonder if there's a better solution for that.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
REBECCAMA 3/11/2013 9:46AM

    I was going to say what Stitcherfriend said.

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CELIAMINER 3/11/2013 3:26AM

    I tend not to trust user-entered numbers unless I entered them myself. Good for you for doing the research.

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    I think some people add their side items into the listing as they view it as "their entry". There is a place on the upper right side to "vote" if the info is correct. I do tend to check my entries from the resterant's website as things change. Tonight we went to O"Charley's and here at SP there are 2 different listings for the yummy dinner rolls you get there. The first entry was off by 30 calories and the second was was correct. I did have to enter my main course as it wasn't listed.

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HWNHMMBRD 3/9/2013 8:08PM

    I guess I am just OCD when it come to the tracker, because I double check EVERYTHING if it is a user entry, and I always go to a restaurants site for nutrition information first. You never know when they are going to revise or update the information.

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MOM2OR 3/9/2013 6:50PM

    Hmm...I've never even bothered to worry about that, wow!! I usually try to enter my own anyways, especially since there are ounces, grams and servings. Thanks for pointing that out!!

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