I was thinking of switching from MFP to cronometer because I think MFP doesn't do a good job of tracking things like iron and calcium. However, I had a few beginners questions.
- Is there a way to scan something with the barcode scanner, and then get generic suggestions so that you can get more complete nutrition info? i.e. scan a pack of broccoli and then have the app suggest broccoli from the USDA etc.?
- I found there were some things the database didn't have - e.g. tenderstem broccoli. How commonly do you find that this happens for you?
- What do you do when the calories in the more nutritionally complete databases is lower than the calories on the food packet? For example, I had a pack of tofu, and I faced a choice of using the Community database, which had the correct calories, but very little micronutrient info, vs the "official" databases which had micronutrients but a lower calorie amount. Is there a way you can use the "official" database but manually "top up" the calories in your diary entry, or somehow combine database entries? What do you usually do in this circumstance? The only other thing I can see to do is to continue to use MFP for calories but use cronometer to get a better estimate of my micronutrients, but that sounds very time consuming.