Accuracy of vitamins and minerals for all products

So, I am new here and I was wondering how accurate are the readings for the items found in the food database. I searched up vitamins and minerals for Oatmeal and it said to have quite a vitamins and minerals in it. But when I searched up "100% Whole grain steel cut oats by Presidents Choice" it showing a lot of 'Zeros' in the vitamins section.

I am wondering if those zeros mean that those minerals are not present OR does it mean the information isn't available so bunch of Zeros were entered

All the other information like fats, protein, carbs and a few minerals like Calcium and iron are SPOT on. But I want to know if those zeros are accurate OR missing information.

It could be that my particular choice of Oatmeal (100% whole grain steel cut) may indeed not have any significant vitamins. So please clear this up for me.



  • Hi there,

    Great question - this is one of the biggest things that sets us apart from other nutrition tracking apps.

    We have great nutrient data for lots of foods - this applies to lots of whole foods (like oats!) and some brand name products as well. We list the source of all foods in our database so you can quickly see where the information is coming from. Choose sources like NCCDB and USDA to get the most data.

    We also offer brand name products from sources like CRDB, USDAB, ESHA - these include the nutrition information from the product label only.

    Learn more about getting the most nutrition information from Cronometer here:

    Karen Stark
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  • I have an idea, people who work for "cronometer" can fact check nutritional info before it is posted. Is this too much work?

  • @fed_up

    When it comes to branded food (such as President's Choice oatmeal), Cronometer can only report on the nutrition information that is listed on the label. In order to have other data available on such a product, a nutrient analysis would have to be performed and this information reflected on the label. For this reason, it's better to search for generic brands and USDA foods that have had such analyses completed.

    Kind regards,

    Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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