MyFitnessPal information veracity josepcors — Feb 06, 2018 10:46AM PST
I would expect that with an expensive membership for a MyFitnessPal (MFP) App ($49/year) the information while doing a search in the database hosted by MFP is 100% verified, and thus the data provided by the App itself is 100% accurate.
The question therefore, is there a way to distinct data from users posting w/o doing 100% due diligence on the data posted by users vs data that MyFitnessPal employees would upload as a service (since we PAY for membership)? I from time to time find people posting DO NOT due the proper due diligence!
How do we know that the MFP team that performs the uploading is 100% accurate and has "triple checked" the veracity on the SO important nutritional data from the manufactures?
The summary of my questions is:
1) Does MFP uploaded data is 100% accurate and verified by MFP employees, and easily identified as MFP uploaded and verified data? If NOT, can you add a feature so when one selects from the database, we users know this is ACTUAL manufactures nutritional data verified?
2) Does MFP employees verify the data that 'other' people (aka users) upload is accurate? And if inaccurate... delete it? or easily indicate or mark this as NOT VERIFIED data?
Again, since we are paying a premium, I would expect a premium service! Beyond just providing additional stats. I am MUST concern with the veracity of the data than stats that could even be wrong if the data is wrong.
Please note, if MFP doesn't verify the data posted, and would NOT easily identify the veracity of the data via some indicators as proposed... I am NOT likely to renew and pay for then useless stats!
So far, I typically input my own data and keep in my personal database as THE reliable data. This is TOO much work, but the only information I can truly trust.
An indicator or veracity will be welcomed and well worth it!
1 Community Answers
Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Feb 06, 2018 10:52AM PST
Thank you for taking the time to contact us. 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 https://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 https://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.
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.
When MyFitnessPal believes a food listing in its database has complete nutrition information it is marked with a Green Check.
We do our best to ensure the nutrition information for check marked foods accurately reflects nutrition information from the product packaging. Many of the foods in our database are created by users, and occasionally food will be marked with a check that has nutrition information inaccuracies. We are always working to improve the accuracy of nutrition information for check marked foods foods, and new foods are being added all the time.
Just because food is not a check marked food does not mean it has inaccurate nutrition information.
We have retired the asterisk (*) previously used on the MyFitnessPal website to note food listings created by MyFitnessPal users.
Hope this helps,