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12/27/11 3:02 P

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Thanks for the info on how to check the nutritional information for a particular ingredient in a recipe.

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12/26/11 8:41 P

Same is true in searchs for foods that have been added by users. I always check nutritional values as some don't enter any values. I also check under manually added box first before the search all so that I use the same foods each time.

I also used to have a single recipe built for my smoothies and would edit it each time I used different ingredients because I wanted only a one line entry on my food tracker. Now if I edit it will change the previous entries as well. I have to create a makeover now and this creates TOO many recipes.

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12/26/11 5:59 P

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I have noticed this as well, but I think the problem is "operator error." Many people put the wrong quantities in the actual recipe. What you actually see in SparkRecipes is free text entry, but the nutrition stats come from the ingredients part of the recipe calculator that you can't see unless you wrote the recipe. I always approach any member-entered recipe in SparkRecipes with a healthy does of skepticism. Some recipes are copied from published sources, and many of those are missing ingredients or have incorrect measurements. In many cases you can Google the recipe title and find the original one; most folks neglect to credit published sources. SparkRecipes is sort of a "buyer beware" resource.

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12/26/11 5:27 P

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I posted the following on the SP message boards under the topic "Diet and Nutrition".
The message is titled "Many Errors In Calculating Shared Recipes":

"I'm getting a bit frustrated looking at the SparkRecipes. Many wonderful looking recipes... but many errors in calculating the nutritional value of a given recipe. My knowledge of calorie content in food is good enough to catch the big mistakes, but why is this happening?

To check and see if a recipe or recipe ingredient has nutritional info (or correct info) entered:
Open the recipe,
To the right of the window click on 'Create a Recipe Makeover',
Under '#1 Enter My Recipe' click on the ingredient you want to check,
and then on 'nutrition'.
The window will pop up titled 'Edit This Food',
Click on 'See Nutritional Info'.
Another window opens and you can check for yourself."

If you agree that this is a problem that should be addressed, please go to the message board topic and show your support and/or concern.

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