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Best Online (hopefully free) Nutritional Tracking software

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2010 at 2:31 PM

I'm not usually one for counting, but at the moment I want something to plug my meals into to see if I am missing out on any nutrients.

What is the most detailed software online for this? I could care less about cals or macro ratios, I just want micronutrient breakdowns.

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on March 06, 2012
at 04:30 PM

I'm a little confused by NutritionData.com. It features Self Magazine, and nutritionist Monica Reinagel, whose book, "The Inflammation-Free Diet" advises us that Coconut Oil is to be avoided, and is on the same level, apparently, as Margarine, Cottonseed, and Safflower Oil. A nutritional pyramid on the website says that coconut oil is extremely inflammatory. Both of these points do not square with everything else I've been reading.

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on June 07, 2011
at 07:52 PM

You're welcome Zev! Best of luck! :D

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on June 07, 2011
at 07:26 PM

thanks bean! just set myself up on the iphone app--it seems very fast and easy to use. getting ready for my MovNat group photo in July...

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on April 28, 2010
at 08:31 PM

I hate fitday, if only because it doesn't allow you to have a weight gain goal. =) But it is fairly easy to use.

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on April 28, 2010
at 01:19 PM

Seconded! I've debated the merits of buying the home version, but the online version works just fine on its own.

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on April 27, 2010
at 03:38 PM

Excellent, just what I was looking for, and very usable. Thanks!

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at 02:48 PM

I'm currently trying to use it, but I can't see a daily calendar input option, it also seems really slow and buggy, maybe that's just me..

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on April 27, 2010
at 03:11 PM

FitDay.com

Great for food and keeping log of activities in the journal section but exercise section is a bit useless. Can also set nutrient goals and track weight and stuff.

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on April 27, 2010
at 03:38 PM

Excellent, just what I was looking for, and very usable. Thanks!

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on April 28, 2010
at 08:31 PM

I hate fitday, if only because it doesn't allow you to have a weight gain goal. =) But it is fairly easy to use.

8347d512bca9b034d53da40dab8cd21c

(2517)

on April 28, 2010
at 01:19 PM

Seconded! I've debated the merits of buying the home version, but the online version works just fine on its own.

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on April 27, 2010
at 02:46 PM

I use Nutrition Data. If you use their tracking tool, you will get very detailed vitamin, mineral, and fatty acid breakdowns, and you can get the information calculated for the entire meal or day rather than food by food. I find that inputting foods by gram or oz weight as opposed to their averaged sizes makes an enormous difference in accuracy, too.

A727956fa3f943057c4edb08ad9e864e

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on April 27, 2010
at 02:48 PM

I'm currently trying to use it, but I can't see a daily calendar input option, it also seems really slow and buggy, maybe that's just me..

A9f5784aa2b5a1ed9ca086a64e3ab708

(30)

on March 06, 2012
at 04:30 PM

I'm a little confused by NutritionData.com. It features Self Magazine, and nutritionist Monica Reinagel, whose book, "The Inflammation-Free Diet" advises us that Coconut Oil is to be avoided, and is on the same level, apparently, as Margarine, Cottonseed, and Safflower Oil. A nutritional pyramid on the website says that coconut oil is extremely inflammatory. Both of these points do not square with everything else I've been reading.

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on April 28, 2010
at 01:43 AM

I use MyNetDiary. I really love it. It's quick to enter data. It has an iPhone app that syncs with the online database. Mobile food logging baby! It also keeps track of macronutrients and exports reports to Excel. However, it's not free.

best-online-(hopefully-free)-nutritional-tracking-software

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on June 07, 2011
at 07:52 PM

You're welcome Zev! Best of luck! :D

Fe783e04644862c30823614f31b9a996

(499)

on June 07, 2011
at 07:26 PM

thanks bean! just set myself up on the iphone app--it seems very fast and easy to use. getting ready for my MovNat group photo in July...

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on April 27, 2010
at 04:17 PM

My favorite is DailyBurn. It's got a very appealing layout, and lots of great tools, including an extensive nutrition database.

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on April 27, 2010
at 03:46 PM

I've used nutriondata.com as well and recently found the cron-o-meter which allows you to plug in your own nutritional goals, like percentage of fat/protein/carbs, calories etc:

http://spaz.ca/cronometer/

None of the sites are exhaustive, for example, I can't find blanched almond flour, so I have to plug in blanched whole almonds instead. And dessicated coconut for coconut flour.

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on April 27, 2010
at 02:34 PM

The only place I know of that lists micronutrients is the USDA food database: http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/

Not quite as convenient as FitDay or the like, but it does give you a pretty exhaustive breakdown of everything from vitamins/minerals to fatty-acid composition. How accurate their breakdowns are is of course up for debate.

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on April 28, 2010
at 03:21 AM

Another one, that I don't see listed is www.sparkpeople.com . It probably isn't the right fit for your particular needs, but is a great site for someone who is completely clueless about nutrition and health... a good starting place, mostly because it eventually got me here ;-)

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on April 28, 2010
at 01:13 AM

You can try http://beyondthewhiteboard.com/ - it is geared towards CrossFitters, but it has a meal tracking component.

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