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ratbin Apr 24, 2012 04:38 PM

Is there a website that allows you to type in a recipe and then gives you a nutritional breakdown? I am trying to keep track of my calorie intake as well as fat grams and all that stuff. Since almost none of my cookbooks have this info listed, it is sort of a hassle and mostly I just guess about it. The only websites I can find on google seem to be member only. Am I doomed to only eating packaged foods so I can keep track? Help!

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  1. firecooked RE: ratbin Apr 24, 2012 04:44 PM

    I have used MyFitnessPal (there is both a web tool and an iPad / iPhone app), it allows you to enter recipes and save. Still a bit of a pain, but works. You can track all your calories (and exercise).

    1. weezieduzzit RE: ratbin Apr 24, 2012 04:47 PM


      Doesn't require membership! Use very standard terms and one item per line.


      1 cup flour
      1/2 tablespoon sugar

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        Kajikit RE: weezieduzzit Apr 24, 2012 05:20 PM

        Seconded. I used caloriecount very successfully when I was on a two-year diet kick, and DH is using it now for his diabetic diet. You can type in any recipe you want and tell it the portion size and it'll break it down for you.

      2. goodhealthgourmet RE: ratbin Apr 24, 2012 05:00 PM


        and i've noticed that all the recipes on Food.com have nutritional info posted, but i've never submitted a recipe to the site so i'm not familiar with their particular process.

        1. 1POINT21GW RE: ratbin Apr 24, 2012 05:45 PM

          http://www.fitday.com/ is the best online nutrition and fitness journal I've ever found. You can do so many things on there from keeping track of everything you eat (it gives you macro and micronutrients) to keeping a journal to setting weight gain or loss goals (complete with charts) to many other things.

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            ratbin RE: ratbin Apr 25, 2012 09:25 AM

            Thanks, everyone. I'll check with caloriecount.

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              cellophane_star RE: ratbin Apr 25, 2012 12:15 PM

              I use this one.

            2. Jetgirly RE: ratbin Apr 30, 2012 08:27 PM

              I am a member of SparkPeople. I've been tracking my food there for years. In the process I've gone from a BMI of 26.1 to 20.9 while also going from being able to do eight girly knee push-ups to twenty legit man push-ups. I found tracking my food there made me want to eat healthier (in particular, I realized how little protein I was getting and made big changes in that area, as I'm a vegetarian) and then once I started eating well I had a lot more energy for exercise. You do have to register but I really think it's worth it. They also have an app for your iPhone so that you can track your calories when you're out and about.

              More importantly, in response to your question, there is also a recipe calculator that you can link to your daily food profile. You don't need to register to use the calculator- it's at http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/home.asp (look for the "Recipe Calculator" link at the top). However, if you want to "save" the information from your recipe you will need to register. Same username and password as SparkPeople. I've got HUNDREDS of recipes that I've stored over the years- everything from "Acorn Squash, Apple and Lentil Salad" to "Zuppa Toscana - Vegetarian Version"! (Really!)

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                sgogo RE: Jetgirly May 6, 2012 07:35 PM

                I use sparkpeople also, and have found it tremendously helpful. Being able to add my own recipes to meal plans makes it so much easier to cook everything and know exactly what I'm eating. And yes, you have to register to be able to save recipe info, but I've never had any spam email from the website. And it's completely free, which is amazing with all the different features on the site.

              2. mcf RE: ratbin May 2, 2012 08:41 AM

                I keep the downloaded software from the USDA on my desktop; the amount of nutrient info exceeds all others, and I also use the free online version of fitday.com when I want to track intake and macronutrient breakdown of my diet. http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/site_mai...

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                  firecooked RE: mcf May 2, 2012 03:04 PM

                  Thanks for USDA reference!

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                    mcf RE: firecooked May 2, 2012 05:21 PM

                    Isn't it amazing for the extent of detailed nutrient/amino acid information for each food?

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                  deraj RE: ratbin Jan 31, 2013 05:49 PM

                  I know this thread is old, but in case someone else happens to look for this kind of information, I just wanted to add my two cents that the USDA's site, SuperTracker, is also excellent. It is tied to their new MyPlate guidelines. I have not used myfitnesspal or sparkpeople, but I have used the daily plate from livestrong and very much prefer the SuperTracker. The most important reason is that it gives you a complete nutritional breakdown of each vitamin and mineral intake and how it compares with guidelines, customized for your height / weight / age / goals in addition to the normal carb / protein / fat / fiber. I think of myself as a very conscious eater and was surprised how many times I miss out on key nutrients. I also appreciate that it tracks fitness in terms of both calories burned and just minutes of activity - since at different times I want to track for different reasons.

                  I am also a fan of the food journal section, because in the other site it was just a free text field. Here there are fields for you to enter what you ate, where, and how it made you feel - this is great to track what might trigger allergic reactions, etc.

                  The two best parts: It's free, even for all the good reports, and the nutrition data is very high quality. It comes from the USDA, not industry labels like in many of the other tools. This is what I read in their statement: "Every one of the 9,000 food items in its database has been analyzed for its nutritional content by the USDA".

                  More than anything I just think it's cool that a government department supported something like this, saw it all the way through and continues to improve it. I was highly skeptical when I heard about this tool but I read about it in a book about preconception health planning, written by some of the top ob gyns in the country. Visiting the site didn't disappoint and I continue to use it. Anyway, just thought I'd share my experience in case it's useful to anyone else.

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