www.nutritiondata.self.com has an extremely thorough nutrient listing for many foods. Enter your food name in the search box in the top right corner of the homepage. Just found it and it gives all vitamins, minerals, types of sugars, amino acids, etc. I'm excited since now I can enter complete info when I enter a custom food on SparkPeople!
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Make it easier for yourself and others when logging new food items. Make sure to indicate serving size in title and use this secret to make calculating serving info easy!
Food info is most often per 100g, which is also often not the serving size. Calculate how many serving are in 100g (eg: chocolate squares) and put that number instead of one next to serving when logging in a new food and enter the info given for 100g. Tracking = select 1 serving for correct info.
Calculate your meal's calories before you eat it rather than after!
I like to enter my calories manually rather than using the meal plans (the favourites list and copy custom meal functions make this pretty fast). It makes it easier for taking lunches to work and blending in with the rest of my family. I enter my food items/quantities before I sit down to eat and it really helps me stay within my calorie and nutrient ranges. 9
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