vitamin and mineral amounts for packaged food

On the Food Diary page (on website)-
For brand-name packaged foods, are the amounts of all vitamins and minerals listed in cronometer? I'm assuming not.

When I add canned garbanzo beans and canned chicken (using the barcode reader on the mobile app), most of the minerals and vitamins are listed as 0 in my food diary (using Cronometer website; not mobile app). I'm assuming this is not accurate, but that cronometer is not able to know the correct amounts, so therefore lists them as 0.

When I add fresh broccoli or fresh garbanzo beans to the food diary, all the minerals and vitamins have a value above zero.

Even generic "Chicken, canned" lists mineral and vitamin values, but adding a particular brand-name canned chicken does not list the values.

Does it have to do with the source of the food info? If so, which sources list all the minerals and vitamins?

I don't see how the totals for mineral and vitamin amounts will be accurate for the day, if I use brand-name packaged foods that are missing values.

I can use values for fresh foods , rather than using the barcode reader. Are there other ways to get the mineral and vitamin amounts to be relatively accurate for packaged foods?

Thanks so much for any info!


  • You can learn more about how to choose the best data for your needs here:

    If your priority is to get the most detailed information for a food, I recommend choosing entries from the NCCDB in the Common Foods Tab. By choosing entries in the common foods tab (as described in the above link to Blog post) you can ensure that you are getting accurate information.

    If your priority is to log foods exactly as the nutrition facts appear on the package, I would recommend using the barcode scanner feature on the mobile app or entering the bar code number into the search bar on the Web version. Products that haven't been analyzed by NCCDB and USDA, have nutrition labels that only include a very basic set of 14 nutrients mandated by law. We are not a lab and do not test foods for their nutrient content, and can only provide the information that is available to us from the manufacturer.

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