More units

I find various foods have a limited number of units available for choosing. However, in 99% of the ones I've encountered, additional units could easily be accommodated. E.g., if you have grams, you can get kilograms, ounce, pounds, etc. Sometimes thing just weigh more conveniently.

The same is true for volume measurements. If you have teaspoons, you also have cups, tablespoons, liters, milliliters etc.

This would make food and ingredient entry easier.


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    Very good points!

    For branded and packaged foods, we always use the standard serving size given on the label of a packaged food product.

    We recommend focusing your searches to generic equivalents instead of specific brands, and whole foods, where you will get the best results in our software. Also, these generic food entries often have many different serving size options to help.
    For more tips on how to get the most nutrition data from Cronometer, check out this blog post on the topic: https://cronometer.com/blog/6-tips-getting-nutrition-data/

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    I would like to see units as they are on the product. Case in point is vitamin E. It's sold in IU's but your measurement is in mg. Others are measured in IU's if that is the way it is sold--vitamin A, for instance.
    The conversion is a bit complicated and you have to know if the vitamin is natural or synthetic. Read the label carefully. The conversion for natural is .67 and for synthetic .90.
    So 400IU converts to either 268mg (natural) or 360mg (synthetic). That's a big difference.

    Thanks for a great site and always keep improving.

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    edited May 2019

    The values that contribute to your vitamin A target is the IU value reported by the data listing. The pre-vitamin A carotenoids are not added to this value separately. These sources are already accounted for in the IU value for Vitamin A from sources like NCCDB and USDA and do not include the carotenoids that cannot be converted to vitamin A in the body.
    An RAE cannot be directly converted into an IU without knowing the source of vitamin A.

    Vitamin E, we can convert from IU to mg by dividing the value by a factor of 1.49
    1 mg alpha-tocopherol = 1.49 IU d-alpha-tocopherol (natural, RRR form)

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