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5/28/12 9:49 A

I think the serving size may be different in many cases... Somtimes they 'play' with this factor to trick consumers....

5/28/12 3:19 A

The only differences would be due to human error, not the country in which you live. Check various sources, double check food entered by other people, and watch your amounts (g vs oz.). Obviously, go by the info on your own wrapper if it varies from the SP entry. The main booby traps I run into are cooked vs uncooked foods, especially meats, pastas, and grains. I manually enter my own food a lot of the time.

Edited by: PUFFINTOAD at: 5/28/2012 (03:21)
UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
5/28/12 2:31 A

HOLIXTIC has it right - 100g of apple is 100g of apple, whether that's an American apple or an Australian one.

As a kiwi, I have had to manually enter virtually all packaged foods that I buy and eat. It's absolutely true that US labels/info for packaged foods (even the same brand) would not be the same here. A kiwi/Aussie Mars Bar does not necessarily equal a US one.

But produce and meat? Pound for pound, the differences, if any, would be very minimal.

I use spark's database for produce and sometimes meat, and I manually enter everything else from labels.

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5/27/12 10:09 P

Serving sizes for packaged foods also differ, so even if it is prepared the same way, it may be packaged in a smaller or larger portion. And the nutrients/serving may be based on a different serving size.

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5/27/12 11:29 A

Whole foods will have the same number of calories. An apple is an apple in Australia or Denmark. Oats are oats in Australia or Ghana. But it's true that manufacturers sometimes process these foods differently when turning them into "products", so it's worth checking to see if the nutritional information for packaged foods matches what's on your Australian label. Even Americans should do this as companies update their formulas and play with ingredients. If it doesn't match up, add it to the database yourself!

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5/27/12 9:55 A

I've noticed that even the same brand of food will change recipes and nutrition here in the US from time to time! Lean Cuisine especially, and some of the yogurts. I do a lot of manual entries!

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5/27/12 8:01 A

it can be right. different regions may use different recipes and even between canada and the us there are significant differences on some labels.
so you have to do your homework. if you have a label in front of you, you have to check it against what is in the tracker. and it's not just the australia/us thing, i live in florida and have to do it too. sometimes other people just suck at data entry, and there are a lot of user entered items in the database. the usda info should be pretty close for the plain foods [apples, potatoes, etc] as i'm pretty sure you don't get strange ones down there.
if you can't find what's in front of you already in the tracker, you'll just have to manually enter it in. plenty of people from all over the world use the tracker, some just have to spend a little more time at the start entering in what they actually have in front of them than others do.

Edited by: NIRERIN at: 5/27/2012 (08:03)
5/27/12 7:49 A

I was told by my new Personal trainer to stop using spark's calorie counter because it was wrong. That because I live in Australia that the calories of the items are different. Is that right? It doesn't seem right.

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