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How to Create the Best Possible Food Item and Why it's Important

Last Updated: Oct 18, 2016 02:20PM CEST
Lifesum's food database essentially consists  of two parts:

The official food databases like e.g. the USDA, MyNetDIary, the German BLS, the Swedish database of livsmedelverket etc
The user-created part of the database

All food items created by users under Favorites in the app are searchable by other users, trackable and contribute to the food database as soon as they fulfil certain prerequisites.

The rating system is based on the quality of each food item. This means that if you add incorrect values to a new food item, the rating will consequently be incorrect, thus creating wrong advice for all users who track it. 

This is why it's very crucial to make sure that data filled in for each food item is correct and that you follow the following rules when creating or editing a food item:

‚Äč>>> Common rule for creating new food items: We recommend - before you create a completely new food item - that you check to make sure it doesn't already exist. If you do find an alternative that seems incorrect, correct it, don't create a new item <<<


The title (currently not editable during "food edit" but this is important when creating a new item) >>> the title should either be the exact package title or describe the food item in short and clear terms

Brand >>> this field is currently optional but we recommend you fill it out so that it is easy to find when searched for

Category >>> choose the correct category for the food item. Choosing the wrong item can affect the rating

Barcode >>> entering a barcode by scanning it is a great asset for every packaged food item because it makes it much easier to find - it's only possible to connect one food item to each barcode (the same product in different countries has the same barcode)

Serving >>>  it's best if you choose to define the serving in a unit that's used internationally (e.g. gram)

- Macros >>> make sure that you enter the exact amount you find on a packaging  

micros >>>  missing any details? In many cases you can easily determine the ones missing when you follow these rules:

FAT: 

Total fat - saturated fat = unsaturated fat OR Total fat - unsaturated fat = saturated fat
> saturated fat or unsaturated fat can never be higher than the total sum for fat

SUGAR:

- value given for sugar can not be higher than the value given for carbs

CALORIES:
Calories have to match macronutrients (4*carbs + 4*protein + 9*fat = calories)
Calories should not be higher than 900 kcal / 100g

CHOLESTEROL:
Cholesterol should not be higher than 500mg / 100g

SODIUM:
Sodium should not be higher than 3500 mg / 100g

POTASSIUM:
Potassium should not be higher than 1500 mg / 100g

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