Sources like USDA and NCCDB may use the same samples for similar foods (for example chicken thigh, meat only and chicken, dark meat) and/or infer nutrient values from similar food items when they don't have analytical values.
This can lead to the same nutrient values listed for very similar foods. You can check sources of nutrient data by searching for foods in Food Data Central. Here's an example:https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/331960/nutrients
Keep in mind Cronometer uses the SR Legacy dataset at the moment, rather than the Foundation type linked above. Foundation foods provide more information about how the data were obtained that you might find useful.
That's AMAZING progress oxmike! Congratulations on all your hard work!
Thanks for your feedback! One suggestion I have in the meantime is to use the diary groups to categorize foods you've planned and foods you've eaten. For example, maybe a 'Planned' category at the top or bottom of your diary, then drag items to the appropriate group when you eat them.
I use Android, I agree with all of the above, plus:
the lack of fraction and unit support. Having to calculate and enter decimal fractions of limited serving size options is awkward at best, when the app really has all the information needed to figure out what I mean if I say I had a third of a 284ml can of soup that has a serving size of 1/2 cup (and it it knows calories in 1 tsp then it should be able to figure out calories in 1 cup, for example, even if that is not explicitly a known serving size; other apps can do this!).
when searching for food it should display the calories of items found, so I do not have to click on each similar item to find the one I am actually looking for.
similarly, recipe lists should show the calories contributed by each item, and support re-ordering of the list, as the diary does.
when editing an item and trying to change the serving size it messes up if there is a number involved. For example, if the serving size was "11 pieces" and I want to change it to "10 pieces", it actually saves as "11 10 pieces", which then messes up everything, so I have to start from scratch.
there should be a search function in the Foods page, so I can find my custom food or recipe easily.
Custom foods let you edit a copy directly then save it, but recipes make you save a copy, which you have to then re-open to edit and re-save. Why the difference?
the profile section of the settings page shows the current value for all items except weight, why?
the calories chart on the website shows total/exercise/net calories, but the one in the app shows protein/carb/fat calories. I would prefer the former in the app, or the option to choose.
lack of any offline mode. I should be able to manipulate my diary and custom foods/recipes without a network connection, it can sync up later.
sometimes the diary progress bars don't add up, it will tell me I have exceeded 100% for each of protein/carbs/fat, but still have calories left for the day.
general instability. Aside from the slow start-up, it is by far the most unstable app on my phone, numerous times I have had to restart my phone to get it to even work.
I have used other apps, even subscribed to one of them for a while, but I like this one better, in principle, and for a free app I can tolerate the inconveniences, but these things hold me back from subscribing, quite frankly.
You can add the recipe ingredient "tap water" and use positive or negative grams to adjust the final recipe weight. So something I turned into a recipe a couple of days ago had -120g of tap water added after the fact to balance out to the final cooked weight. And since I made the adjustment after adding 45% of the recipe to my diary, I allowed Cronometer to adjust my existing diary entries!
Fellow plant eater and dietitian here...
Vegetarians must supplement the following: B12 and vitamin D; DHA/EPA (i.e. omega 3) and iodine may also be needed if dairy foods are lacking (source of iodine).
My advice would be to vary your protein a bit more. Pulses are fantastic from a nutrient standpoint, but you need to eat a lot more of them to get the nutrients that you would from eggs, soy, or seitan.
I'd also take a close look at your entries to make sure you are choosing the most generic option from the database (which tend to be have more nutrients listed).
Add me to the list. I do BPC every morning. EVERY morning. And supplements - every. single. day.
This is invariant behavior. I want a template for each and every day. I might change BPC to BPC-with-cocoa, but that's on me and it's the exception. The supplements cannot change, ever, and must be there every day. I do have a 'supplements' "recipe", which saves a bit of pain, but I still sometimes notice past days where I forgot to add it (argh).
So yes, I'm also adding multiple things each. and. every. day.
Imagine bringing up this web page and adding a comment - the SAME comment - every day. Would you like me to illustrate for a month or so? Let me know!
:-) Rather tongue-in-cheek there but I hope I've made my point. This ain't about convenience. It goes straight to UX ('usability' - yeah, I weear a software developer hat too).
+1 Most meal tracking apps have this feature. It would save so much time.
+1, this would be amazing and save a lot of time!
I, too, would like that feature added to the app. Thanks.
I would also find a recurring foods feature extremely useful; that's really the only thing I find lacking in Cronometer!