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October 10, 2012 6:34 AM
If I mistakenly add incorrect food data I should be able to delete and start over. Myfittnesspal need to get on the ball and have it where you can make corrections.
October 10, 2012 6:41 AM
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One thin you can do is when you select the item in the database, click "nutritional information." That shows you the info before you put it in your own diary. In that window there is an option to mark it accurate or inaccurate. I don't know that anyone checks to remove such things, but it's there so you know in the future how many folks have flagged it wrong.

Meantime, for recipes-put your own ingredients in and build your own set of recipes. Then you know it IS accurate.

When I used SparkPeople there was an option to choose whether you wanted to see entries from other users or not. I'd rather not and just use mine and the official database, personally. I'd love to see that option here.


I did not know I could do this! That is lovely. I will start to do that.
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October 10, 2012 6:43 AM
What gets me most is when I correct something and someone seems to change it back to what it previously was, or something has 14 confirmations when it's completely off
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October 10, 2012 6:43 AM
I check everything, correct entries (pretty sure that corrects for the database not just myself.) and make sure to reuse the stuff in my "frequently" or "recently" used lists even if its extra work digging to find it. I create my own recipes, and use those. It WOULD be cool if duplicate entries could be sifted through and removed (but since most changes you make are retroactive) erasing foods could screw up food journals and recipe lists. (Im just guessing, could be wrong.)
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October 10, 2012 7:58 AM
If the example : pasta salad is off on the count. Imput the data yourself ( create new food ) and name it... So what was Tesco pasta salad becomes example : Petes TESCO pasta salad!

Simple...

YOU are in charge of what you eat, don't rely on user imput to much ( or you just have a scape goat to blame ).
October 10, 2012 8:02 AM
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What gets me most is when I correct something and someone seems to change it back to what it previously was, or something has 14 confirmations when it's completely off


Yes. There was one incident where someone kept changing my entry, so that it completely defied logic. The real insult is that there were 10 other entries exactly the same as their incorrect one, so it wasn't a logging issue, they just didn't want me to have a correct one.
It doesn't have to have 0kcal to have zero calories written in the tag line, and they were conveniently ignoring the nutrition label.
  9711248
October 10, 2012 8:58 AM
i understand it can be frustrating, but i have to play the other side. this site is FREE! it's a free online tool! it's a guide, a helper. it makes no claims to accuracy. the only thing we have to invest to use this tool is our time, and it's our own personal responsibility to make sure our experience is as accurate as possible.

if you want to be sure your information is more accurate, begin to utilize the recipe tool and enter your own foods, or take the time to search for the listings for pre-packaged items that accurately match the nutritional info on the side of the package you have at home. i can almost always find a listing that matches what i have at home, and if i can't, i enter one that does.

sorry, but i get just as frustrated when people complain about facebook. it's a free service that has a tremendously positive impact on our lives. because of that, i can find it within myself to get over the minor inconveniences that might come along with using it.
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October 10, 2012 1:55 PM
Love this idea
Edited by Glamaz0n On October 10, 2012 1:55 PM
October 10, 2012 2:14 PM
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i understand it can be frustrating, but i have to play the other side. this site is FREE! it's a free online tool! it's a guide, a helper. it makes no claims to accuracy. the only thing we have to invest to use this tool is our time, and it's our own personal responsibility to make sure our experience is as accurate as possible.

if you want to be sure your information is more accurate, begin to utilize the recipe tool and enter your own foods, or take the time to search for the listings for pre-packaged items that accurately match the nutritional info on the side of the package you have at home. i can almost always find a listing that matches what i have at home, and if i can't, i enter one that does.

sorry, but i get just as frustrated when people complain about facebook. it's a free service that has a tremendously positive impact on our lives. because of that, i can find it within myself to get over the minor inconveniences that might come along with using it.


^^This. I used to be a member of a different free site that's quite popular, and the food database was worthless. I couldn't find half the foods I ate (either at home or at a restaurant), so I gave up on logging. At least with MFP I'm able to find something that's close enough, and I can modify it, add it to my foods, create a recipe, whatever. In fact, when I was looking around for a different site, the food database was the deciding factor for me in choosing MFP over any of the others.

In my experience, many of the foods that I eat and are inaccurate are only off by 10-20 calories. That's not a big deal to me.
October 10, 2012 2:23 PM
Most of the information is input by members themselves, so they may not have accurate info, and hundreds of people could be putting in info for the same food. I wish MFP would just input the information.
October 11, 2012 11:35 PM
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If I mistakenly add incorrect food data I should be able to delete and start over. Myfittnesspal need to get on the ball and have it where you can make corrections.


Apparently MyFitnessPal IS on the ball, because you CAN do that! Go the food tab, select My Foods, search for the food you entered and select it, once you do that a big green EDIT button pops up over the nutrition info, click that button and "voila", you can edit your entries.
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October 12, 2012 7:18 AM
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RobinvdM wrote:
... erasing foods could screw up food journals and recipe lists.
(Im just guessing, could be wrong.)



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Scott MFP Staff wrote:

When you make an edit or change to a food that is in our database. It will not affect anyone who has used this data in the past.
...Editing the database will not affect past entries.
October 12, 2012 7:22 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

RobinvdM wrote:
... erasing foods could screw up food journals and recipe lists.
(Im just guessing, could be wrong.)



QUOTE:

Scott MFP Staff wrote:

When you make an edit or change to a food that is in our database. It will not affect anyone who has used this data in the past.
...Editing the database will not affect past entries.



Wow ok thanks for making me feel sheepish >,<
  16299701
October 12, 2012 8:23 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

RobinvdM wrote:
... erasing foods could screw up food journals and recipe lists.
(Im just guessing, could be wrong.)



QUOTE:

Scott MFP Staff wrote:

When you make an edit or change to a food that is in our database. It will not affect anyone who has used this data in the past.
...Editing the database will not affect past entries.



Wow ok thanks for making me feel sheepish >,<


I'm sure it used to, but the above is now true.
  9711248
July 14, 2013 12:41 PM
Looks as though MFP need to introduce a user agreed database. If a new item is entered then it needs to be check an approved by other members. I don't expect MFP staff to be able to check every food item from all over the world. One of the most annoying things is bad spelling of product names and makers. In the UK there is a sandwich shop chain called Pret-a-Manger and there are least three different ways of spelling it. The same goes for Sainsbury's. I think MFP need to introduce an official spelling for manufacturer's/food chains, etc. and if an item is created the database should recognise this and pull in the correct spelling. It would reduce the size of the database and improve search accuracy.
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July 14, 2013 1:32 PM
since most items in the database are added by users...its up to us to check accuracy. If you're entering an item, it helps others to put in as much nutrition information as you can, but sometimes it's just not practical. One item I use myself frequently is my own build your own salad concoction (restaurant). useful for ME...but someone else would be scratching their head. Refine your search by using more descriptives and it might help you...fresh blueberries, instead of just blueberries. Or a brand name if you have one.
Maybe the database could be delineated differently....user inputted items marked differently from staff input, or things with more complete information cued up first.
  14793149
July 14, 2013 2:54 PM
If you wish to check the accuracy of MFP's database, you can compare using the US Department of Agriculture's Nutrient Data Laboratory found here: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/

Some items on MFP are not so accurate so I create an entry under "My Foods" and use the data from the USDA. A bit time consuming but at least I'm getting accurate data.
Edited by Tizzyp On July 14, 2013 2:55 PM
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July 14, 2013 3:43 PM
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What's up with a cup of broccoli? What does that even mean?


Are you not in the US? That's a unit of measurement!


This, plus there are separate entries for sizes of fruit (including bananas, sometimes listed by length in inches).

Keep in mind that sometimes entries are all correct in nutrients except for 10 or 20 calories. Sometimes manufacturers change up their stuff! I remember having an issue with a Lean Cuisine meal where I literally had two packages of the same exact meal with two different calorie readouts on their labels. It turns out the lower number was the "new" one, and I just happened to buy one of each. So the new one was not yet in the database, even when I scanned it. I had to create a new entry and call it "updated" to distinguish between the old and new versions of the same frozen dinner.
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