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April 1, 2013 9:46 PM
Or at least give us the ability to.

I figured it'd be routine to just type in "raw banana" and have the result pop up that has ~ 1000 confirmations readily available. But, and I'll be blunt - the database right now is a ****ing disgrace.

There are probably close to 100 entries in there of 0-5 confirmation items of banana raw, everything from per 100 g to small to medium to extra large to banana-banana workarounds.

This **** needs to all be nuked, or maybe it'd be simpler to just sort the results by most confirmations so we don't have to wade through a cesspool of noise.
April 1, 2013 11:26 PM
I second this!
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April 1, 2013 11:43 PM
it does make it difficult to find some foods and the right portions it would be much simpler if we had one valid strong entry
per food reviewed and corrected by valid sources and confirmed to be the reliable so we know exactly when tracking macros
April 1, 2013 11:47 PM
it's impossible to have one entry per food. How many countries use this site? because in each of those countries the same food is almost certain to have different nutritional values. Also companies from time to time change ingredients and servings sizes and then values change again.

If it's all too hard there are other sites you can log your food on although they are not going to be much different from this one. The one I was at before was the same.
Edited by Mads1997 On April 1, 2013 11:50 PM
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April 1, 2013 11:54 PM
For some reason typing "bananas" pulls up the most confirmed one at the top of the list, but typing "banana" does not.

And I agree - most confirmations should go first!
April 1, 2013 11:55 PM
QUOTE:

it does make it difficult to find some foods and the right portions it would be much simpler if we had one valid strong entry
per food reviewed and corrected by valid sources and confirmed to be the reliable so we know exactly when tracking macros


You're in luck - this already exists.
You'll find that many foods have an entry which has no * in front. That's been entered by MFP from the (I think) USDA food data and should be correct. The catch is that you don't see this on the iPhone app but you do if you are using a computer browser.
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April 2, 2013 12:02 AM
this!
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April 2, 2013 5:29 AM
Great idea
April 2, 2013 5:39 AM
I think people forget that this is FREE site, not WW where the fee is $18 per month. What is a couple of seconds to find the right item.
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April 2, 2013 12:25 PM
This is a free site, but it has a "Website Suggestions/Feedback" board for a reason - they want to hear from the users what would make the site better. :)

I have said many times that I'd love to have an option to only show official database entries (the ones without an asterisk) in my search results. A checkbox or radio button to toggle foods entered by users on and off would be awesome! It's not exactly what the OP asked for, but it's similar. Sorting by the most confirmations would be really handy too.
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April 2, 2013 1:18 PM
OR at least merge duplicate entries or when you enter a food item the other portions serving sizes are automatically populated based on the info you added.

Overall this site is really good and free or not it isn't like the MFP people are doing it out of the goodness of their hearts because they like us..;)
April 2, 2013 8:49 PM
QUOTE:

I have said many times that I'd love to have an option to only show official database entries (the ones without an asterisk) in my search results. A checkbox or radio button to toggle foods entered by users on and off would be awesome! It's not exactly what the OP asked for, but it's similar. Sorting by the most confirmations would be really handy too.


OMG, this!!!! PLEASE!?!?! I go out of my way to find the MFP database entry instead of user entries, and if I can't find one or if I have a specific product I'm looking for, I usually go by the most confirmations since I figure that the people most likely to double-check and confirm the nutrition info are those who care the most.
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April 2, 2013 10:05 PM
I would also prefer that you could control members entries, there is no rhyme or reason to the way entries are displayed. I end up sifting through hundreds of entries, many of which don't include vital information.
My biggest grip is certainly standard of measure. The other day I added something and the only option was "one piece"
Edited by CJDaniel7 On April 2, 2013 10:14 PM
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April 8, 2013 5:37 AM
My vote is for a checkbox or radio button to toggle foods entered by users.

I've been using myfitnesspal for a month now, after using other online journal sites for years, and I really think it's great. The database full of use entered entries is really a great bonus when searching for the food I eat. Yet sometimes I wish I had the option to revert to the basic database entries, especially when it comes to things like raw fruits and vegetables. Can we keep the best of both, and have a button to toggle the stared entries on and off?
April 8, 2013 8:13 AM
Totally agree this should be the #1 priority enhancement. It should sort MFP entries first, then most confirmations. The database is so polluted with inaccurate user entries. The toggle idea of no user entries would also be helpful. I use Fooducate or other food databases to select the foods I want to eat, alternatives, etc. but use MFP for tracking diet and exercise. Great program, but the database really needs to be cleaned up or at least be able to sort and filter better.
April 8, 2013 8:17 AM
That would be nice, but then again you can have an item that's been confirmed like 30 times and yet it only has half the stats actually filled in, not sure how anyone can confirm things like that.
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April 8, 2013 8:45 AM
I have solved the problem of incorrect data for myself. I just create a personal food with the correct information and make the brand a three-letter word. The same one for all my entries. Any entries that start with it I know are correct. It's really not that difficult because after a while you've created almost everything you consume.

For foods that I do not find in the database and I have no nutrition label, (e.g. cassava) I go to the USDA database, http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search/list, and search it to get the right information (http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2892).
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April 8, 2013 8:59 AM
Same here. It does not take much imagination to make the database work for you. It is annoying, of course, but like you I create my own recipes from the correct entries and move one. There are more important things in life to worry about than a few incorrect entries in a FREE website. Right now this is the least of my worries, maybe when I reach 150, I will have so much time on my hands that I can worry a little about incorrect database entries, until then my main worry is getting my scale to move in the right direction - 150 here I come.
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April 8, 2013 6:05 PM
im just voting for this.

i have no real input.

at the very least, some visual in the results. just add another column to the returned results that shows # of Confirmed count for that entry.
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