carb numbers Barbara2420 — Nov 12, 2017 01:42PM PST
I am finding the amount listed for net carbs on many foods to be incorrect. Example: some Atkins bars are listed as 34 carbs, when they really are 2-4 NET carbs. This is one example of many. Have been using MFP for 4+ years and now am very frustrated because the carbs listed are so off---doesn't help me to journal if amounts are so inaccurate.
What is happening?
1 Community Answers
Logan MyFitnessPal Agent Nov 12, 2017 02:45PM PST
Hey thanks for posting your question.
Our database is compiled two different ways. We research and add many of the items, and some items are submitted by other members. For the most part, our members are just as precise as we are. However, there may be some entries that are inaccurate or incomplete.
On the website at www.myfitnesspal.com, when you view the nutritional details of a food, there is a link you can click to confirm that the nutritional information is correct.
For each item, how many times it has been confirmed by other members to help you to determine the item’s accuracy. If you find an item that is inaccurate, you can edit it yourself to provide the correct information. By allowing user additions and edits to the database, the database grows quickly, and its accuracy steadily improves.
To correct an inaccurate entry, log into the website at http://www.myfitnesspal.com. Mobile app users should log in using the same username and password they use in the app.
Once you’ve logged in, 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.