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Is there something wrong with the system? laurarlongo — Apr 16, 2018 01:30PM PDT

I'm scanning products in and having issues that the macros don't add up to the correct calories based on 4 cal per g of carb & protein and 9 cal per g of fat. Up until this week, I haven't this problem nearly as frequently. Has something changed? And why would food be allowed to be entered with macros that don't add up to correct calories?

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Maximiliano MyFitnessPal Agent Apr 16, 2018 03:21PM PDT


The discrepancy you’re seeing is caused by the fact that some public foods added to the database by other users may contain inaccurate values in either their macro or their calorie fields. Unfortunately, at the moment the only option is for the app to sum the individual calorie values to derive the calorie total.

We’ve recently introduced stricter requirements for public foods created by other users, that will prevent most future additions to the database from containing macro values that don’t add up reasonably to the calorie total entered by other users. In the meantime, you may wish to rely more heavily on food search results with the green checkmark, as these have undergone some machine analysis including a check for macro/calorie conformity. However, these too may have up to a 10% variance due to the different requirements for some labels.

You may also choose to edit any non-check-marked food to bring the calorie value in line with the macro values. More information on editing public foods is here:

All the best,
MyFitnessPal Staff

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