I made a couple of small feature updates today: first, you can now view the nutritional information of any food item just before you enter it into your diary.
After you've selected the food you want to enter, just click on the "nutritional info" link below the description and a pop-up window will appear which will show you the nutrition facts for that item. Hopefully this will be a lot more convenient for folks to see what nutrients the food you're going to eat contains.
I also have created a system to help ensure that the nutritional information in our database is accurate. One of my primary goals is to vastly expand the food database so that you won't have to enter so many foods yourself. A few weeks ago, I added an option where you can share the food you've entered with other MyFitnessPal members, and there's been an overwhelming response: we've already had over 8,000 foods submitted!
The only issue is that I can't keep up with checking all of the items submitted to ensure they are accurate. So, instead, I'd like to ask for everyone's help.
Foods submitted by members are now shown with an asterix(*) in your search results. When you select one of these items, you can also get a sense of how accurate the information is because we'll show you how many times the nutrition facts for that item has been confirmed by another member. A confirmation simply means that another member has compared an actual nutrition facts label to what has been entered into the MyFitnessPal database and has verified that the information is accurate.
If there have not been any confirmations yet, you can help us make sure the data is accurate by viewing the nutritional information yourself and comparing it to the information on the label. If you can confirm that the data is correct, just click the "Yes" button in the pop-up window.
If, on the other hand, it's not accurate, click "No". I'll review all foods that get No votes and correct the information.
Hopefully, this new system will let me add foods much faster to the database while also making sure that the info we have is always accurate.
Thanks, and hope everyone is enjoying the site!
Posted on 8/15/2007 by mike