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Delete/remove food database entries kristywchampion — Jul 06, 2018 07:17AM PDT

How can we "clean up" the database by removing incorrect entries? Avocado,small is an example. Entries show from 0g carbs to 13g carbs and everything in between. I constantly have to GUESS which entry is correct and that defeats the purpose of my search.

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Jul 06, 2018 07:21AM PDT

Hi there,

We are sorry if you have found an item in our database that has discrepancies. If you do have a label with different information, please go by the label and not what results on our end.

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.
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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.

All the best,
Bruce
MyFitnessPal

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