Nutrition Data Accuracy

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Michaels13

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Posted: 13 Apr 2020, 16:05
Is anyone or any *thing* checking accuracy of the data provided by the community? There is so much that is off. I compare exiting items in Fatsecret to the actual label before using it and tons of items are off by small amounts, which makes NO sense. Yes, I can and do enter another entry, but then we have multiple selections for the same food causing confusion for users, just compounding the problem.

This kind of errata is giving a false sense of reality which could impact people's expectations. I.e. the data says I ate 100 calories under my RDI, but in reality I ate 100 over. (simplistic example). Can be critical for people watching cholesterol or sugar that are high risk.

Defeats the purpose of this site. Data must be accurate. This is not a game of averages.
waycoolbeerg...

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Posted: 13 Apr 2020, 23:39
This is not a science but only a way to gauge what your taking in. If you want to make this a science it could be but only on the intake side. Your body vs. somebody else's body is where the science becomes subjective. That being said you can use Huel and measure to the most accuracy possible what you take in. You could take meticulous notes about every aspect of the diet and when you choose to take in the calories. Without using a standard like this it can only be close. You have mistaken the purpose of this site or have unrealistic expectations of this site. If your counting on a semi free app or website to give you specific and accurate data without fault your expectations are at fault.
GeneticAlex

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Posted: 17 Apr 2020, 17:17
waycoolbeerguy wrote:
This is not a science but only a way to gauge what your taking in. If you want to make this a science it could be but only on the intake side. Your body vs. somebody else's body is where the science becomes subjective. That being said you can use Huel and measure to the most accuracy possible what you take in. You could take meticulous notes about every aspect of the diet and when you choose to take in the calories. Without using a standard like this it can only be close. You have mistaken the purpose of this site or have unrealistic expectations of this site. If your counting on a semi free app or website to give you specific and accurate data without fault your expectations are at fault.


What? Apps like MFP have no problem with keeping more up to date nutrition label information. This is a legitimate problem with this app, and there should be an option to update the nutrition info without having to create a new entry. Saying that their expectations are at fault when other apps have this exact feature is ridiculous.

To answer the OP, this is a problem with this app - and an annoying one. Hopefully they fix it. The reason why they’re off is because the nutritional value of foods tends to change over time as the product fine tunes the recipe. It was probably accurate originally, but without a way to update the values this problem has become more apparent.

Michaels13

Joined: Jul 13
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Posted: 23 Apr 2020, 18:32
@waycoolbeerg, you missed my point. I'm aware of the science side of it being slightly subjective. My problem is the nutrition information accuracy. There is no science there. The label is the label.

Based on what @GeneticAlex said, about recipes changing over time, makes a ton of sense now since the variation is sometimes subtle. And lessens the scope of what the problem is.

This is both a food entry QA issue as well as a user training issue. But you can put check and balances in place. If someone enters a new food, you can immediately bring back matching and similar results... "Is this what you are trying to enter?" Help avoid dupes. And maybe link to a "How to report inaccurate nutrition info." Or "How to change amounts of a given food to match your portion intake."

Thought the UX could be improved to aid the problem, there really needs to be validation controls in place.
liv001

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Posted: 24 Apr 2020, 10:06
What is an example of something not accurate?
Stuart Lewis

Joined: May 20
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Posted: 25 May 2020, 18:03
Michaels13 wrote:
@waycoolbeerg, you missed my point. I'm aware of the science side of it being slightly subjective. My problem is the nutrition information accuracy. There is no science there. The label is the label.

Based on what @GeneticAlex said, about recipes changing over time, makes a ton of sense now since the variation is sometimes subtle. And lessens the scope of what the problem is.

This is both a food entry QA issue as well as a user training issue. But you can put check and balances in place. If someone enters a new food, you can immediately bring back matching and similar results... "Is this what you are trying to enter?" Help avoid dupes. And maybe link to a "How to report inaccurate nutrition info." Or "How to change amounts of a given food to match your portion intake."

Thought the UX could be improved to aid the problem, there really needs to be validation controls in place.


Agreed, editing a food entry in the database on the web interface is possible but not on the Android app, Conversely I struggled to change a quantity in my diary on the web interface but not on the Android app.

See also my post about salt v sodium https://www.fatsecret.co.uk/Community.aspx?pa=fp&t=268361



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