Calorie Count
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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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Not sure if this has already been addressed by someone else--but I don't seem to be able to edit the recipes to add ingredients.   I entered a new recipe yesterday but knew I was leaving out two major ingredients and wouldn't be able to enter them until I got home and checked the brand names and specifics.  Now I seem to be unable to add these items to the recipe.  It appears that I'll need to retype the entire recipe again.  Can you fix this so we can edit the ingredients in an existing saved recipe?

Thanks!

cambeartx62, go to My Recipes; select the one that you want to edit.  Under the description, it says "(edit)" "(delete)". Select edit which brings up original recipe screen where you can add, change or delete ingredients.  "Save Recipe" down at the bottom when finished editing.

Igor, the New Recipe Analyzer is just great but if I remember correctly, the old one recorded the date and author.  Is is possible to have the new one do that?

not sure if this is still an active thread but i am also having trouble with the recipe analyzer. i entered a recipe for curried chicken salad which came up as 683 calories which i knew couldn't be right so then i built the recipe and it came up 388 which matched my rough math. the day before i had tried building a meal with the same ingredients and it saved it strangely - doubling the peppers and omitting the yogurt - but i can't be 100% sure it wasn't my error. since i saved all three attempts i noticed that the one saved as a meal gives a nice drop down menu of individual ingredients with their calorie values but that does not exist for the recipes. on the other hand you can't edit a meal once you save it. it would be nice if both functions were available on each. as for the recipe analyzer it has made me suspect all the other recipes i have saved that way. i had assumed it was accurate. could it be it is not recognize 1/2 cup portions for items? It would be lovely if it worked properly - and thanks to everyone who works hard to make this site so great!

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Jan 23 2012 00:39
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For me everything shows up as 0 calories, and I can't really select sizes for it all. Also it says there are error's with my recipes but I don't really understand the point of that since it doesn't list them or anything.

Love Recipe Analyzer. It's one of the best features on the site. Perhaps on any diet site. Thanks for improving it.

the stupid thing is still ridiculous to use it took me longer to enter the recipe than to make it. 5 times I enter it then I had to make up all this other stuff before I could finish it. RIDICULOUS.

 

I am trying to translate the Cooks Illustrated recipe for light New York Cheesecake to see what my modifications do to it, but when i try to enter the graham crackers for the crust, the recipe analyzer is incapable of understanding what I want. if i tell it 9 sheets, it thinks I mean 9 crackers or 9 of those little pieces (2 and a quarter sheets) if I look the ingredient up and specify 5 oz (28.3g) I get 600 calories which is correct, but if I backtrack and put that in the analyzer, it declares the syntax to be an error. The analyzer will give me every calorie amount from 57 to 375 but none of those is correct.  I mean that out of a big box that has three wax paper wrapped packages, one whole package containing 9 full sheets of cracker, or 5oz, in powdered graham cracker. How do I get it to understand me? any ideas?

Furthermore, it decided on it's own that "Splenda" means Splenda sugar blend for baking and assigns it calories that aren't in the recipe, 10 per tsp, when in fact I mean Splenda "No calorie" sweetener, which actually has 96 calories per cup. At 1.5 cups, that is 144 cals, NOT 180, but I can't get the analyzer to do that either, because when I specify that product it counts only in tsp, which are rated at 0 calories. My recipe is off all over the place, and when I go back the screen is blanked and my work entering ingredients is wasted. Any suggestions?

 

Original Post by journeysong:

I am trying to translate the Cooks Illustrated recipe for light New York Cheesecake to see what my modifications do to it, but when i try to enter the graham crackers for the crust, the recipe analyzer is incapable of understanding what I want. if i tell it 9 sheets, it thinks I mean 9 crackers or 9 of those little pieces (2 and a quarter sheets) if I look the ingredient up and specify 5 oz (28.3g) I get 600 calories which is correct, but if I backtrack and put that in the analyzer, it declares the syntax to be an error. The analyzer will give me every calorie amount from 57 to 375 but none of those is correct.  I mean that out of a big box that has three wax paper wrapped packages, one whole package containing 9 full sheets of cracker, or 5oz, in powdered graham cracker. How do I get it to understand me? any ideas?

Search for graham cracker crust and use that. the premade should be close enough.

 

Original Post by journeysong:

Furthermore, it decided on it's own that "Splenda" means Splenda sugar blend for baking and assigns it calories that aren't in the recipe, 10 per tsp, when in fact I mean Splenda "No calorie" sweetener, which actually has 96 calories per cup. At 1.5 cups, that is 144 cals, NOT 180, but I can't get the analyzer to do that either, because when I specify that product it counts only in tsp, which are rated at 0 calories. My recipe is off all over the place, and when I go back the screen is blanked and my work entering ingredients is wasted. Any suggestions?

 

I know the problem well and have learned to specify which Splenda by using the ID number which can be found at the end of URL address of the item.

I entered a new recipe today that has absolutely no alcohol in it but it says one of the bad points is it contains alcohol.  Why would it think this?

If the recipe called for vanilla, the real stuff does have alcohol. Also some vinegar mixes.

I don't have a "save recipe" button!!!!  That's been the most useful tool I've ever had - the recipe analyzer has made my life, and diet sooo much easier, and as I tend to make things in large quantities, i don't want to go having to add all the ingredients for a recipe every day, especially since then I'll have to figure it out separately how much of each thing is in each serving.  I just will stop logging food if it becomes this complicated!

 

Please help!

Maybe someone has already brought this up, but now I cannot enter a custom food into my recipe.  I was able to do this a few days ago.  I get the drop down box where it asks me to enter the number of servings and/or grams and my selection will be highlighted, but when I hit enter nothing happens.  I cannot get an accurate analysis of my recipe without being able to enter a custom food on my current recipe.

I used calorie count about 3 years ago and its biggest draw was how easy it was to analyze my own recipes.  I primarily cook at home and rarely eat out so I used the recipe analyzer several times a day.  I have recently returned to calorie count and have found the new analyzer very difficult to use.  I do like that now I can use custom ingredients in recipes, but it seems to have a harder time matching up what I type with anything in the data base.  It also seems to want more quantities in weight than what is commonly used. For example, I typed in the recipe box "2 slices of bacon" and it came back with an error that required that I enter a weight for the 2 slices of bacon.  This is very inconvenient.  Additionally, if the analyzer draws information from the wrong place in the data base, I have found no way to change it.  For example, I recently typed in "whole milk Ricotta cheese" and the analyzer brought back part skim when I clicked to see where the analyzer was getting the information from.  I also do not like how tagged items are now saved.  Because I primarily cook at home, I frequently would add a recipe because I knew I would be making it again.  When I tagged it, I would have the option of placing it in a category and then later could search my tagged items by category.   With the new tagging system, I can select what categories it should go in, but it does not file the tagged item under that categories when it displays the tagged items.  Everything I have added thus far on my second go around is added to the main tagged item list....along with all of my categories saved from before.    In a while, as I proceed with adding more tagged items, I'm going to have a big list that will be difficult to search.  I really liked that I could previously add tagged items and categorize them.  I have tried to use the help section to see if I am just not understanding how this new calorie count works, but the help section seems to pertain to the old system that I previously used.  Is there anyway we can access the old recipe analyzer and tagging system?   Are there any plans in the works to fix the above mentioned items?  Thanks for your time and consideration.

Just tried to use the recipe builder and after about 15 minutes of never being able to figure out how to enter the ingredient amounts gave up.  More trouble then it is worth.

I have found it easier to create a meal and then enter the number of servings I ate into my daily food log.

Calorie counts are off.  1/4 cup of flaxseed meal should be 120 calories not over 200.  It is frustrating when I'm looking for accurate numbers to monitor my caloric intake. 

Please tell me how I can analyze a recipe or a meal in the iPhone app. I actually switched from cal count to another program a year ago since I couldn't use my phone to create a recipe. Is it possible now? I cook a lot so it's pretty key.
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