Fruit tracking

So I've been wondering how fruit nutritional content is counted. After all there may be seeds and non-edible peel. For example, how do you add stuff like oranges? A lot of it will go to waste. Is it more accurate to add it as orange juice then? Which part of an orange contains all that calcium? The juice has like a 5th of it.


  • Hello @Armoreska ,

    Excellent question!

    Our values are per edible portion, so that would mean without the skin and pits for fruits that we would normally remove the peel before eating, for example bananas and oranges (we have separate values for orange peel if you're into eating peels). The skin is included as part of the edible portion for fruits such as nectarines and plums. For some fruits, such as apples, we have the values for the fruit ''With Skin'' and ''Without Skin''.

    To answer the question, you should log the weight of the orange without peel and use our entry ''Orange, Fresh''.


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  • Thanks for the answer.

    1. Does anyone have a list of all non-processed food items that can be added on Cronometer? AKA real whole food? Fruit, veg etc.

    2. Is there anywhere a list of how much % of a standard food item is edible so I can input correctly based on whole food weight? I've just started counting, and I have 72% for a banana and orange (but 50% if I count out the endocarp and seeds), 65% for a mango and 97% for strawberry.

  • By the way, medium oranges only equal about 130 gram in your database. I once checked my medium-looking orange, and that equals about its weight in juicy bits without eating the endocarp (the tough bits). With it, the weight is over 170 gram, so I have to choose big orange if I want to log something in.

  • Hi Armoreska, I'm no expert but what is easiest and most accurate for me is to just log the weight that I'm actually eating using:

    • Orange, Fresh Food #451726, Data Source: NCCDB
    • Banana, Fresh Food #450856, Data Source: NCCDB

    As to a real whole food list, I look for NCCDB or USDA as the source. Have generally come to prefer NCCDB.

    I think if you got used to logging the weight as described above, you wouldn't need the edible to whole percentage list. By the way, that list, if you got serious about it, would turn into a database in its own right.

    "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." Michael Pollan

  • @Armoreska you can try using the "common foods" tab as well!
    Learn more about our food tabs here:

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