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More detailed nutrition analysis tool?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 23, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Does anyone know if there is software a-la Fitday or Chronometer that includes descriptions of amounts of more rarely listed nutrients in foods (e.g. choline, biotin...). I have both of the above program, but they don't seem to have data on these nutrients. Nutritiondata.com has the data, but I don't know if a way to just list a bunch of foods and have it add all of the amounts together for all the nutrients?

0607529af9b78bb5b178f7ffabdc4693

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on February 08, 2012
at 12:05 AM

According to information in C-O-M itself, the USDA data it uses doesn't include biotin levels

4b8bf8683630d2acfb13303e5f311e71

on October 13, 2011
at 02:15 PM

good to know. makes me wonder if food tracking to reveal deficiencies is even possible...

8f08fb03fc5c2f44b7d5357e8a3ab1c5

on March 23, 2011
at 09:59 PM

Update: adding an egg does not seem to change the Biotin counter, even though eggs are supposed to be very rich in biotin, according to other source. Therefore, use a grain of salt with Chron-o-meter's results on Biotin...

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on March 23, 2011
at 07:19 PM

nutritiondata will work. Look under the My Tracking tab.

8f08fb03fc5c2f44b7d5357e8a3ab1c5

on March 23, 2011
at 07:08 PM

I suspected as much, but so far I have been blind in finding this. I'll stick with cron o meter for now, but thanks for the info.

8f08fb03fc5c2f44b7d5357e8a3ab1c5

on March 23, 2011
at 07:07 PM

Much obliged. Time to geek out on the new data...

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on March 23, 2011
at 06:41 PM

simply create a free account on Nutritiondata.com and you can list and track whatever you want..

0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

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on March 23, 2011
at 06:38 PM

Wow, didn't know that. Thanks.

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on March 23, 2011
at 06:35 PM

CRON-o-Meter does track some of these things. You just have to set targets to see them on the summary screens. Use the Nutrition Report and then uncheck "Targets Only" and you'll see everything. Here is a snippet of mine which includes additional micronutrients:

One thing to keep in mind is that the more esoteric the nutrient, the fewer foods have this information tracked. CRON-o-Meter may say you're only consuming 75% of a particular vitamin, but you may in fact be consuming the additional 25% in your diet with foods that aren't fully tracked in the software.

Vitamins (99%)
===========================================
Vitamin A            | 20317.2 IU     677%
  Retinol            |   655.8 ??g   
  Alpha-carotene     |  2718.3 ??g   
  Beta-carotene      |  9252.8 ??g   
  Beta-cryptoxanthin |    60.2 ??g   
  Lycopene           |   988.5 ??g   
  Lutein+Zeaxanthin  |  3789.3 ??g   
Folate               |   509.6 ??g     127%
B1 (Thiamine)        |     1.7 mg     143%
B2 (Riboflavin)      |     2.2 mg     169%
B3 (Niacin)          |    26.4 mg     165%
B5 (Pantothenic Acid)|     7.4 mg     148%
B6 (Pyridoxine)      |     2.9 mg     222%
B12 (Cyanocobalamin) |     9.4 ??g     392%
Vitamin C            |   120.7 mg     268%
Vitamin D            |   172.2 IU      86%
Vitamin E            |    21.4 mg     143%
  Beta Tocopherol    |     0.1 mg   
  Delta Tocopherol   |     0.8 mg   
  Gamma Tocopherol   |     3.5 mg   
Vitamin K            |   210.8 ??g     176%
Biotin               |     0.0 ??g       0%
Choline              |   643.0 mg     117%

8f08fb03fc5c2f44b7d5357e8a3ab1c5

on March 23, 2011
at 07:07 PM

Much obliged. Time to geek out on the new data...

0adda19045a3641edac0008364b91110

(1146)

on March 23, 2011
at 06:38 PM

Wow, didn't know that. Thanks.

8f08fb03fc5c2f44b7d5357e8a3ab1c5

on March 23, 2011
at 09:59 PM

Update: adding an egg does not seem to change the Biotin counter, even though eggs are supposed to be very rich in biotin, according to other source. Therefore, use a grain of salt with Chron-o-meter's results on Biotin...

4b8bf8683630d2acfb13303e5f311e71

on October 13, 2011
at 02:15 PM

good to know. makes me wonder if food tracking to reveal deficiencies is even possible...

0607529af9b78bb5b178f7ffabdc4693

(701)

on February 08, 2012
at 12:05 AM

According to information in C-O-M itself, the USDA data it uses doesn't include biotin levels

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on October 08, 2012
at 05:58 PM

I'm recently geeking out on nutritiondata.com (which is part of Self nowadays so the actual website is nutritiondata.self.com).

I liked FitDay for many years - the entering of data once you had a handful of custom meals or recipes is the FASTEST of anything out there. Their reports have gotten better over time but are still not hugely detailed.

On the other hand, myfitnesspal is just pissing me off. There is no way to restrict your searching to items from the USDA data set, so each search is full of crap entered by average dieters with completely wrong nutritional information - even if a bunch of other folks have "validated" the accuracy. 100 calories for a cup of coconut milk? I don't think so.

In comes "mytracking" on nutritiondata - WOW! You can download each day as a csv with amounts of all trace nutrients you care to track down to the tiniest known amount (limited by the USDA data set, of course), PLUS get a general idea of how pro or anti-inflammatory your diet is.

This is quite the nice tool - a very handy alternative to CRON-o-meter. I still love C-O-M (as old-schoolers call it) because I used to run with the Calorie Restriction crowd and one of their own homebrewed the software to fix the gap in detailed nutrition software available.

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