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We just updated the Recipe Analyzer. The major innovation is the ability to use custom foods as ingredients.

We also tried to simplify the process of correcting unrecognized ingredients (try to mistype the serving size or ingredient name to see how we handle those cases).

It's clear to us that we still have to work on the following issues below, which will be corrected over the next couple of days:

  • Ingredients will link to their nutrition label pages
  • Easier process of linking recognized ingredients to a different food item
  • Better print layout

Please let us know if you have any other suggestions or feedback.

Edited Oct 07 2011 03:50 by Igor
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So far, it sucks, er, I mean, it's not working well.  When the food comes up on the pulldown menu, clicking on it doesn't select it.  It just blinks, but doesn't update.

I agree, it is a very frustrating.  I managed to add one recipe yesterday but I pressed so many buttons I forgot how I got there.  At it again today,  seem to me the previous application for adding a new recipe was much easier.

Original Post by lacer:

So far, it sucks, er, I mean, it's not working well.  When the food comes up on the pulldown menu, clicking on it doesn't select it.  It just blinks, but doesn't update.

Can you provide for us the name of the food you typed in that wasn't found?

It is not the ingredients that I am having trouble with, it is listing the ingredients so that they can be analyzed.    The program accepts the # of servings but it will not let me list anything.

I've been having a very difficult time when trying to analyze the calorie content of BEANS. Apparently, 1 cup of Beans, black has 34 calories, and if I type 1 cup black beans, I get 662 calories. I know the neither of these numbers are correct, and as a vegan, I'm kinda counting on the legume database.
 

I noticed today that the nutritional analysis of my recipe would change after I clicked "save recipe" -- a recipe for cornbread was originally some 200+ calories per serving and then after saving it was 3....??  It wouldn't be the first time I made a mistake but I couldn't figure out what... ??

Double check the number of servings/portion size.

Original Post by ladycalico:

I've been having a very difficult time when trying to analyze the calorie content of BEANS. Apparently, 1 cup of Beans, black has 34 calories, and if I type 1 cup black beans, I get 662 calories. I know the neither of these numbers are correct, and as a vegan, I'm kinda counting on the legume database.

That's dried beans. For cooked black beans use this one [16015] without salt or [16315] with salt.

Original Post by mrspinegrovedave:

Double check the number of servings/portion size.

 I tried that and still got different calories each time.

Then it may have to do with what was entered into the database.  You may want to enter the food in for yourself at that point, just to be sure.  I do find myself wishing POTASSIUM levels were better listed for all foods, criminy.

 

Oh, are you able to weigh in grams or ounces?  I've begun using a food scale again, just to double-check that what I perceive as a portion/serving size is the same as what's indicated on the label and how that matches up with what CC's database may have, and that's been very helpful in ascertaining where differences may lie.

I have had the same problem with all kinds of beans. What I'd like is to just be able to put in "1 15 oz can beans", as that's what lots of recipes call for.

Original Post by jimmyschmak:

Original Post by mrspinegrovedave:

Double check the number of servings/portion size.

 I tried that and still got different calories each time.

Can you paste the url of the recipe you are having trouble with.

Not working for me at all--all the ingredient calories are wrong. For example, the recipe I entered has 4 cups of chicken broth and it says that's 19 calories--but when I click on the "chicken broth" link is says it has 38 calories in ONE cup. Same with butter (I WISH 5 T of butter was only 64 calories), asparagus, peas, rice, white wine--I think literally every single ingreadient had the wrong calories. Argh!!

Original Post by shannonbuster:

I have had the same problem with all kinds of beans. What I'd like is to just be able to put in "1 15 oz can beans", as that's what lots of recipes call for.

I don't see why you can't do that using the food-finder.  But you won't get very good accuracy, especially when going between different brands.  I'm going to give a specific example that I'm sitting here looking at of Garbanzo beans, both 15oz cans.

Safeway brand Garbanzos
1/2C (130g) per serving
120 calories; 20 fat calories
Total fat: 2g
Sodium: 440mg
Total carb: 20g
Dietary fiber: 6g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 6g
Ca: 4% -- Vit C: 2% -- Iron: 10%

S&W Garbanzos
1/2C (130g) per serving
110 calories; 20 fat calories
Total fat: 2.5g
Sodium: 460mg
Total carbohydrate: 15g
Dietary fiber: 3g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 7g
Ca: 2% -- Vit C: 2% -- Iron: 6%

Nutritionally, depending on what your requirements or needs may be, one can of beans might be a better choice.  For instance, if you really need to increase fiber, iron, calcium, the Safeway beans would be a better choice.

I know some people don't want to go to such trouble, for me, I figure if I really want as accurate a picture as can be drawn using this site, then the information I put in has to be good or the information I get back out will only be *as* good.  GIGO.

Original Post by shannonbuster:

Not working for me at all--all the ingredient calories are wrong. For example, the recipe I entered has 4 cups of chicken broth and it says that's 19 calories--but when I click on the "chicken broth" link is says it has 38 calories in ONE cup. Same with butter (I WISH 5 T of butter was only 64 calories), asparagus, peas, rice, white wine--I think literally every single ingreadient had the wrong calories. Argh!!

The calorie amounts listed are per serving. We'll add this title above the calories/grade to clear this issue up.

Original Post by buggyhair:

Original Post by ladycalico:

I've been having a very difficult time when trying to analyze the calorie content of BEANS. Apparently, 1 cup of Beans, black has 34 calories, and if I type 1 cup black beans, I get 662 calories. I know the neither of these numbers are correct, and as a vegan, I'm kinda counting on the legume database.

That's dried beans. For cooked black beans use this one [16015] without salt or [16315] with salt.

 I've tried multiple different ways, and if it works for one type of bean, it won't work for another. And regardless, one cup of black beans, whether cooked or not, would not equal 34 calories. It's definitely and error with the database.

Yeah... too bad, too, because beans really are a wonderful fruit.  They're just not *that* wonderful.

Ok, having a really weird problem with errors, but I have absolutely no idea how to attach the screenshots of what I'm seeing.  Basically there's a problem with this recipe my husband has just created, and it won't let me add it to my log, won't let me save it to my favorites, it's just one big ERROR.

http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/useritem/214 217861.html

I tried again, and it analyzes the recipe perfectly until I click to save it.   Then all the ingredients are listed one after another as one long sentence (instead of in column form as before) and the only thing it is analyzing is what happens to be the first ingredient.   So my gluten free pancakes came up as 25 calories each which is just what is what 1/11th of a serving of the brown rice flour is.... when I go to "edit" the recipe, all the correct ingredients are there and it analyzes it perfectly... until I click save recipe.   Then it goes back to just analyzing the first ingredient.

http://caloriecount.about.com/gluten-free-bel l-ringer-pancakes-recipe-r590282

I'm really not trying to be difficult!  I hope I'm not just making some dumb mistake!  But I've never had trouble before...

Original Post by jimmyschmak:

I tried again, and it analyzes the recipe perfectly until I click to save it.   Then all the ingredients are listed one after another as one long sentence (instead of in column form as before) and the only thing it is analyzing is what happens to be the first ingredient.   So my gluten free pancakes came up as 25 calories each which is just what is what 1/11th of a serving of the brown rice flour is.... when I go to "edit" the recipe, all the correct ingredients are there and it analyzes it perfectly... until I click save recipe.   Then it goes back to just analyzing the first ingredient.

http://caloriecount.about.com/gluten-free-bel l-ringer-pancakes-recipe-r590282

I'm really not trying to be difficult!  I hope I'm not just making some dumb mistake!  But I've never had trouble before...

I was able to save that recipe correctly, it could be a browser issue, can you let me know what browser and operating system you're using?

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