To me (JMO) the Tracker has gotten worse over time. Seems like a lot of people feel it is necessary to enter everything they eat/drink and then share it with the world. lol I wish there was a way to exclude the user-entered entries, when I look up a food. As far as I can tell, you can sort showing only those, but there is no option to exclude those. At least you can tell which ones they are, because the user name is included.
You can also verify user-entered entries for accuracy and then comment on what's wrong with the entry.
Anyway, I always try to look for a Spark generated entry, as opposed to those entered by individual members. The Spark ones are updated from the USDA database. When I find the right thing, I add it to my "Favorites" so I don't have to look for it again. Tedious, yes. But most of the time, I'm eating and drinking pretty much the same stuff. So up-front, there's time involved.
My quick and dirty method is just to check that there are entered values for nutrients I *know* should be in the the food ... like if it's a prepared food with no sodium entered or dairy product with no calcium it's most likely not entered correctly. I also double check that the grams of macronutrients like carbs/protein/fat are listed as reasonable amounts instead of someone accidentally entering "calories from ..." in the wrong spot. If there is any doubt I check the package or enter myself, but when I find a good one I try to remember the username or add to list of favorites.
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5,092 2/14/13 10:14 P
The easiest way is to go to the Starbucks website, look up the info and enter it yourself. It takes a little more time, but at least you know it's correct :)
2/14/13 9:48 P
This happened to me at first also. When I'm not sure, I just google the chain restaurant info. Even dunkin donuts has a nutrition menu.
2/14/13 9:46 P
I enter 90% of my foods myself for that reason, especially if it is something I know I will get on a regular basis, like Qdoba, Starbucks, or certain recipes. For me it is easier that way, otherwise I end up clicking through option after option to find one with correct calories, fat, sodium counts, etc.
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2/14/13 9:42 P
I am brand new to tracking food on here, still trying to figure out SP and tracking food/drinks.
Seems every new food I try to track, DOZENS of options pop up that appear to all be entered by other members. HOW do I track items with accurate nutrition info from the actual manufacturer/business/chain restaurant etc....
For example I went to track a Starbucks nonfat venti caramel no whip drink and TONS of entries popped up but non from Starbucks, looks like others all inputing... HOW do you know what/whos to click on??? Very overwhelmed.