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February 16, 2012 10:00 AM
The wide range of foods entered by users is so confusing. I can look up chicken and get 10 different calorie counts for the same size of chicken. Is is possible to filter your foods to only show foods entered and verified by MFP, as well as those you've entered yourself? That would be a wonderful option!
February 20, 2012 7:35 PM
I agree absolutely. The data base needs to be cleaned up. The ability for anyone to add foods increases the data base, but its a mess. Too many inaccurate and duplicate entries.
February 20, 2012 7:40 PM
Not sure they have the manpower to confirm every entered item with over a million in the database. I enter foods, and when the list of found items comes up I click down the list of my matches and see how many "confirmations" and choose the one with the most.

I agree, there are many many bad entries, but that negative is also what makes this database have the number of good entries it has.
  2636210
February 20, 2012 7:46 PM
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Not sure they have the manpower to confirm every entered item with over a million in the database. I enter foods, and when the list of found items comes up I click down the list of my matches and see how many "confirmations" and choose the one with the most.

I agree, there are many many bad entries, but that negative is also what makes this database have the number of good entries it has.


I agree this ^^^^
The fact that it has member entries make it so much better than others online. It's up to us to check the entries, we can make changes if we think it's wrong and like junyr said, check how many confirmations it has. Use the one with the most.
If you only want to use the ones from MFP look for the ones without the star. The star means it is member provided.
I know it's a nuisance but it's awesome data base and improving all the time.

Main thing is it's free.
  10198124
February 22, 2012 9:11 AM
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Is is possible to filter your foods to only show foods entered and verified by MFP, as well as those you've entered yourself?


This would be so nice!

No one's asking for anyone to confirm everyone's entered items, just the ability to filter them out if we choose to do so. Sparkpeople.com (also free) offers that option, and it's very handy. If we could even sort the list so that member-entered items were listed last, that would be helpful.
  11134629
February 23, 2012 11:10 AM
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Is is possible to filter your foods to only show foods entered and verified by MFP, as well as those you've entered yourself?


This would be so nice!

No one's asking for anyone to confirm everyone's entered items, just the ability to filter them out if we choose to do so. Sparkpeople.com (also free) offers that option, and it's very handy. If we could even sort the list so that member-entered items were listed last, that would be helpful.


Yep, you're right. I didn't read it quite right.
  2636210
February 23, 2012 11:27 AM
I just switched from SparkPeople to MFP today. Their database is very frustrating. Serving sizes are too limited. For example, I wanted to add reduced fat feta cheese, serving size 1/4 or .25 cup. It wouldn't allow it. I had to select ounces. How many people actually weigh their feta cheese? Also, whenever I couldn't find a food in their database and did a Google search for nutrition info for that food, I'd either get Livestrong.com or MFP for results.
Since I just started, I'm going back and forth at this point until I determine the one I like best.
  17748784
February 23, 2012 11:34 AM
I just go in and change them if they're wrong... you can either correct the information listed, or if it's just way wrong and there is another one that's right, you could just edit the title to say "Incorrect" or "Delete"
  6913781
February 23, 2012 11:37 AM
I haven't figured out how to edit the entries yet, just started on this. I've mostly been using the barcode scanner (LOVE IT!) whenever I can. I used to do WW Online (and on my phone) and would have loved for them to have had that option. But I didn't realize so muc of the database was member entered. Does that mean every time I put something myself into my diary (like with the barcode scanner) it's there for everyone to see? I tought it just went on my diary? Hmmmm. Okay. I did find a lot of "Deleted" items, I selected a couple of them by accident (like my Silk Milk) not sure why they are listed if rhtey are titled "deleted". But yes, it's free so I'm enjoying it :-) I try to add as much as I can as accurately as I can.
February 23, 2012 11:40 AM
The exercise database is member-built, as well. I suspect that's why so many of the estimated calorie burns are too high.

If you want to edit a food, you search for it, click on it, then click on the little link for "nutritional information" - in there it will give you the option to confirm it ("Yes") or fix it ("No").
  6913781
February 23, 2012 11:42 AM
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I just switched from SparkPeople to MFP today. Their database is very frustrating. Serving sizes are too limited. For example, I wanted to add reduced fat feta cheese, serving size 1/4 or .25 cup. It wouldn't allow it. I had to select ounces. How many people actually weigh their feta cheese? Also, whenever I couldn't find a food in their database and did a Google search for nutrition info for that food, I'd either get Livestrong.com or MFP for results.
Since I just started, I'm going back and forth at this point until I determine the one I like best.


nutritiondata.self.com is the site I use most often to check the accuracy of the database items I'm skeptical about. After comparing it to several other sources, it seems VERY accurate and complete.
  13993112
February 23, 2012 12:17 PM
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I just go in and change them if they're wrong... you can either correct the information listed, or if it's just way wrong and there is another one that's right, you could just edit the title to say "Incorrect" or "Delete"

The main reason I want what the original poster wants is for items which don't have packaging with the nutrional info like fruits, veggies, and meats. It's those items which would be nice to just filter out the member-entered info in the database and see the most accurate entries. If it has NI on the packaging, I enter it myself anyway with my barcode scanner.
  11134629
February 25, 2012 12:27 PM
I would love to see MFP/generic items listed first. Most of the time I use my iPhone so it's not easy to check the nutrients. I selected my markets brand of oatmeal and I had a friend ask where I found oatmeal without any carbs! It was also only half the calories that it was supposed to be.

I agree that looking for cheese, apple, etc. should find the individual item first before a list of foods that include them in their ingredients.

Having said that, I love the site and am thankful for how well it has worked for me!
  9930506
February 25, 2012 12:37 PM
It's supposed to be that an * indicates that the item was entered by an MFP user. However, I have corrected two items on here that another MFP user entered and then the * disappeared in the database. I corrected the items because when I read the label the person entered the sodium content incorrectly (reversed numbers) and another the person didn't enter the info for Vit A, etc. I don't know why people enter duplicate entries. When I find the item I will see it listed multiple times although the nutrition information is the same so why someone else entered it is a mystery. I now just verify what is on there before I enter into my diary and then the next time I pull it from previously entered food.
  14148807
June 21, 2012 7:12 AM
Bumping this back up to the top...I'd really love to see the database have an option to filter out member-entered foods or at least sort them to the bottom of the list!
  11134629
January 15, 2013 5:50 AM
BUMP!
January 15, 2013 7:09 AM
In the app, you can't see the asterix (star) to know that it's a confirmed entry (i.e. entered by the admins rather than members), which is a big limitation of the app.

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