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June 26, 2012 8:58 PM
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The whole world uses kilojoules except the UK and US. It's ridiculous that you don't give people the choice of Calories or kilojoules. I signed up, then found out you didn't use kilojoules and I haven't used the site since. I've used kilojoules for dieting for 35 years, I'm not going to change back to Calories now.


Canada uses calories too..
  9724272
June 26, 2012 9:06 PM
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QUOTE:

The whole world uses kilojoules except the UK and US. It's ridiculous that you don't give people the choice of Calories or kilojoules. I signed up, then found out you didn't use kilojoules and I haven't used the site since. I've used kilojoules for dieting for 35 years, I'm not going to change back to Calories now.


Canada uses calories too..


Same here in the Philippines where I am now
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July 15, 2012 4:53 PM
In Czech republic we also use mostly Kj and I think the debate whether kj or kcal is used more is irrelevant - why just not have the choice to choose kcal or kJ just like one can choose between other units. Of course it is possible to convert, but multiplying/dividing by 4.2 all the time is quite time consuming and also, for example I already have a rough idea of what a certain value in kJ means - whterhet it is a lot etc. but I have no idea about kcal at first look.
July 15, 2012 4:54 PM
P.S. Given there is already a choice of units in other part of the app it shouldnt be a big problem technically, basically just making the program to multiply/divide a value by 4.2 and it would save so much time to so many ppl.
July 20, 2012 2:52 AM
Regulation 1169/2011 requires kJ and kcal on food labels in the EU.
July 20, 2012 3:01 AM
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Regulation 1169/2011 requires kJ and kcal on food labels in the EU.


This. As someone from Germany I can say that I have no idea about kJ values. Both are printed on the packages, yes, but whenever you talk to a person, no one will answer with kJ. It's the first time I even saw this problem with kcal/kJ coming up.

If some desire this, that's fine, but kcal are used outside the US and UK and any other claim is false.

It would be probably best to make this a choice-option for basic settings, if possible.
  24178952
July 20, 2012 3:06 AM
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Regulation 1169/2011 requires kJ and kcal on food labels in the EU.


Yep. I'm from Bulgaria - we have both on the food labels. I think we mostly use calories because that's what I've only heard so far from people talking about that. And we have both values on the packages, so it's not a problem to use any of them.

Sure I aggree that a choice option would be a good idea - I'm very happy I can chose metric and not have to calculate all the time, so I get it it must be even bigger mess with the food.

E.g. I use this post to express my own apppretiation about this great site and phone app :) Keep up the good work!
  18612552
July 20, 2012 4:13 AM
I just devide by 4.

Little New Zealand RULES!bigsmile
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August 27, 2012 2:45 PM
Hi People,

I have been using mfp for 3 months and also have the wife on it. I have always used calories as a unit of measure but find that more and more nutritional labels are only coming in kiljoules.

I think an option to set cal or kj would be a wonderful addition to the app so we can move forward with the trend in food manufacturing labeling.

As an interim i use an iphone app called 'Pocket Cal/kj' and if out in the field and need a quick conversion i just divide the kilojoules by 4.

Regards,

Lee
October 1, 2012 12:26 AM
kilojoules option pleaseeeeeeeee :) I'm in Australia .
December 6, 2012 10:31 AM
I checked some older posts and its now beenmore than a year since you said it is on your to do list.
I therefore find it frustrating that you were still not been able to integrate such a simple yet extremely useful feature.
January 13, 2013 5:12 PM
Considering the age of this topic, it looks like myfitnesspal has no interest in ever implementing kilojoules as a unit of measurement. It's a huge shame because it would be so much more convenient for those us who live in countries where kilojoules is the standard unit.
April 20, 2013 4:03 PM
Calories 'are' metric!
April 20, 2013 4:41 PM
Calories for the win the UK... Seems much simpler to deal with! drinker
  8223460
April 20, 2013 4:55 PM
what is the ratio of calories to lose a pound 3500 cals to lose 1 pound or how many kilojoules to lose what?
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