How do I log a food that is not in the database?

It's easy to add a personal food to your database. First, begin the food logging process as you normally would.

If the food you're looking for is not found:


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Adding New Foods to your Individual Database - Website
  • Click "Add a food to our database"  below the search results.
  • Type in the brand name of the product. (If there is no brand because to item is produce, you can type "Fresh" or "Generic")
  • Type in the name of the item in the description field
  • Click the green Continue button
  • Follow the rest of the prompts to save item
Adding New Foods to the Public Database - Website

When you create a new food on the website, you can help us to grow our database by electing to share your food with other members. We'll review your submission and add it to the MyFitnessPal database for everyone to use. If you do decide to share your food, please do your best to ensure that the information you provide is complete and accurate.

Please note that foods you elect to share publicly can not be deleted from your My Foods list at a later time, as other users may be relying on these items by then. Publicly shared food items "belong" to the last user to edit or update them. Finally, if you wish to share food with the public database, you must do so at the time of creation. It is not possible to share an existing personal food with the public database, later.

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Adding New Foods to your Individual Database - Mobile apps
  • Select "Create a new food" below the search results that yield no results. -or-
  • Tap "More"-->"My Recipes & Foods"-->"Foods"-->"+"
Enter the name and nutritional information for the new food. Click or tap "Save" or "✓" when you are finished. The new food will appear in the "My Foods" tab, and can also be found by searching the database (but only in your own account).

For spacing purposes, those using MyFitnessPal in languages other than English may find the contents of the Recent, Frequent, and My Foods tabs combined in a single tab labeled "Recent" or "Food."


Adding New Foods to the Public Database - Android (version 3.1 and later) and iOS (version 5.4 and later)

If you scan a barcode using our latest Android or iOS apps, and if the barcode is not associated with a food in our database, you will have the option to create a new food item linked to that barcode for all users of MyFitnessPal. Please enter all available nutrition details completely and accurately. You've just made barcode scanning better for millions of MyFitnessPal users!

Please note that foods you elect to share publicly can not be deleted from your My Foods list at a later time, as other users may be relying on these items by then. Publicly shared food items "belong" to the last user to edit or update them. Finally, if you wish to share a food with the public database, you must do so at the time of creation. It is not possible to share an existing personal food with the public database, later.

Last Updated: Aug 12, 2018 08:22AM PDT

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