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Can't I add *any* food as a simple amount of grams? FBracht — Aug 06, 2018 06:49PM PDT

I bought a kitchen scale and I always know in exact gram amounts how much I am eating. But when I try to add foods with MFP it's maddening because most of them don't seem to allow me to say how many grams of that food I had.

Let's have a quick test. The last thing I ate was some leftover canned tuna from earlier today. Exactly 27g, as per my scale. I never tried to add tuna to my foods, so let me try to add that.


See? I knew it. I can only add in "cans" not in grams. This is AWFUL.

How can I be sure my can on tuna is the same size as the one that someone else added? And even if it is, now I have to mentally calculate that 27g of tuna equals, I don't know, 0.39 cans? This is ridiculous.

But ok, let's try another entry for canned tuna on the database. It might be better.

*tries next entry*

Oh for heaven's sake, look at this. I can add it using all sorts of ridiculous measurements — 0.25 cup, 1 cup, 1 container, 2 fluid ounce, 1 fluid ounce (why both?!), 1 mililiter, 59 mililiters (what sort of ridiculous unit of measurement is this?!?!), 1tsp, 1tbsp —, but I cannot add it in grams.

And this happens with MOST of the food I tried to add during my first couple of days using this app.

Please tell me I'm missing something because I can't see why I wouldn't be able to add ANY weighable food using the simples, most straightforward unit of weight in the world. This is definitely something I should be able to do. In fact, this is something I *am* able to do on Lifesum, for example.

Please tell me I missed something and I can indeed add any weighable solid food using grams. I'm currently on Premium but I won't continue using MFP is that isn't the case. Which will be a shame, because it's the best app out there in terms of customizing displayed information (it displays my macros in grams!). But this is for nothing if it makes it so hard to actually add foods to generate this beautifully-displayed information.

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Aug 07, 2018 08:44AM PDT

Hi there,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. Our apologies for ny issues you are having adding food items to your Diary. Currently, the choices in the “Serving Size” area are limited to the options entered when the food item was created. If the MyFitnessPal team created the entry, the Serving Size field might contain multiple options, If another user entered the item there is typically only one choice.

If you are not finding an entry that has a serving size to your liking, you can create your own item to use for your personal database, or opt to add it to the public database. Instructions for creating a food item can be found here. Using this method, you can create your own entry for your tuna and set the serving size as grams.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions or feedback.


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FBracht Aug 07, 2018 12:07PM PDT

Hi, Bruce. Thanks for the reply.

Consider the following as feedback:

I know I can create items. But by asking that of the user, the app is doing two things it should not be doing: 1. It's creating unnecessary friction to the user experience, especially that of the new user; 2. It's further fragmenting the already messy food database. (Do you know how many different entries you guys have for bell peppers?)

I made this same post on Reddit, on r/keto, and the response was unanimous: everybody agrees this is a problem with MFP, and the advice was equally as unanimous: try other, newer apps.

As a newcomer in the food tracking world, I always heard about MFP. It so well-known, people don't even write the full name, as everyone knows what MFP stands for. It's quite literally gold standard — at least in brand awareness.

I started using MFP coming from a paid annual plan on Lifesum, which has its own issues (namely: I can't set custom macro goals, and I didn't know how important that was at first), so I was 100% ready to become a paid member her as well. But this lack of a basic concern with user experience completely drove me away.

I followed the advice of the r/keto community members and started downloading and trying other apps. Found many promising ones: Senza, MYKETO, Carb Manager, KetoDiet... Every single one of them figured out how to allow for solid foods to be entered in the simplest weight unit in the world. (Plus, they are, on average, prettier to look at.)

So I'll be sticking to one of them in the future. For me, MFP squandered its solid brand recognition. Too bad.

Thank you.

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