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Edit a personal database clk_53045 — Jul 15, 2017 11:03AM PDT

Are there plans to let me have a personal database culled from the growing (dog's breakfast) of entry options out there? I found a chicken with 11 calories an ounce - obviously not correct - but had to search through about 20 entries to get to one that I believed to be correct.

I like the program a lot, but I'd like it even better if I didn't have to sort through bogus database entries.

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Ripley MyFitnessPal Agent Jul 15, 2017 12:32PM PDT

Hi clk_53045,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. We are always looking to improve and clean up our database, but with the sheer size of our database, know that there are many inaccurate entries out there. I will make sure to pass along the feedback that you would like to see this the database culled to fewer, but more accurate entries.

While I know this next bit does not directly address your concern like my above paragraph, if you are hoping to correct any entries in the database, you can do so using the following instructions:

To correct an inaccurate entry, log into the website, click the “Food” tab, then “Database.”

Search for the food item and click on it in the search results, then click the item’s “Edit” button. (Please note that foods entered by the MyFitnessPal Staff cannot be edited by users).

On the next screen you can update the incorrect information. Make sure you click the green “Save Changes” button when you have finished.

When you edit an item in the database, you are effectively creating a new food item. If you have logged the original item in the past, the “version” visible in your Most Used or Frequent list is likely the original version. Adding the item from those shortcut lists will add the original values to your diary. For best results, add the item from your “My Foods” list to ensure you are logging the edited version.

Currently in our mobile apps, many of these features are not yet available – you can’t view how many times an item has been confirmed, or edit items to provide the correct information. We hope to add these features in the future, along with additional methods to ensure that our nutritional information is both accurate and complete.

Thanks again for your feedback.


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