Nutrition by Foodily™: How does it work?

Nutrition by Foodily: How does it work?

Foodily maps the ingredients in each recipe to the USDA nutrition database so that you can quickly choose a recipe based on its nutritional content.

The nutrition data is calculated for the entire recipe and broken down into calories, total fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, sugar, protein, cholesterol, sodium and fiber.

Please note that nutrition calculations by Foodily are only approximate and always check with your doctor if you have concerns about your diet.

Why doesn’t Foodily show nutrition information per serving?

Nutrition calculations from Foodily do not show the nutrition per serving because most serving sizes vary greatly across recipe sources, making it virtually impossible to compare one recipe with another. In order to make meaningful comparisons of recipes, you need to look at consistent data.

Why does Foodily say this recipe is only an 80% match?

In some cases, nutrition information for a recipe is not 100 percent available. Recipes that contain prepared ingredients (e.g. frozen pie crust), packaged ingredients (e.g. Duncan Hines brownie mix) , and rare ingredients (e.g. hemp oil) may not provide us with enough information to calculate complete and accurate nutritional values. Also, since Foodily’s calculations are based on USDA data, if the USDA hasn’t added an ingredient to its database, Foodilycannot compute it. We are always working to classify more data, though, so check back for updated nutritioninformation.

How does Nutrition by Foodily assign labels for low, medium, and high?

Nutrition by Foodily assigns easy-to-read labels to help you evaluate each recipe’s nutrition content at a glance, facilitating quick healthy decisions about the recipes you cook at home.

The “Low” label indicates that this recipe has a low caloric density, according to the USDA’s recommended daily calorie allowance. Likewise, medium (”Med”) and “High” labels indicate a recipe contains a moderate and high caloric density, respectively. Hovering over each label displays a pop up showing the total value for the entire recipe.

What does calories per gram mean?

Foodily calculates calories per gram for each recipe. We chose calories per gram because a few grams is about the size of a bite of food. For reference, there are about 4 calories in one gram of carbohydrates or protein, and about 9 calories in one gram of fat. The calories per gram measure for each recipe helps you determine whether a recipe has a high, moderate, or low caloric density. Another way to think of calories per gram is to consider that 1 ounce of food equals 28 grams-worth of calories.

How does Foodily interpret the USDA recommendations on calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium?

Nutrition by Foodily references the USDA’s recommended daily allowance for a 2,000-calorie diet, which is appropriate for an average person who maintains a healthy weight.

Fat: Foodily’s total fat nutrition information includes saturated, unsaturated, and trans fats. Saturated fat should account for a daily total of 7 percent of all calories, according to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) guidelines it provides to USDA. Similarly, the AHA recommends unsaturated fat – consisting of, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats – should account for no greater than 7.5 percent of all daily calories.

Cholesterol: To reduce blood cholesterol levels, the AHA recommends a diet low in saturated fat, trans fats, and sodium. Recipes with cholesterol levels that meet the FDA’s definition of “healthy” contribute less than 95 mg of cholesterol per meal.

Sodium: Foodily’s nutrition calculations are based on the 2,300 mg per day goal set by the USDA and AHA.

How does Foodily calculate carbohydrates and sugar?

In Foodily’s carbohydrate calculations, sugar counts are a subset of carbohydrate counts. We define ‘low carb’ as ‘low in complex carbohydrates’ while sugar is considered a ‘simple carbohydrate. In some cases, a recipe may have low complex carbs and high sugars, and in those cases it may receive a classification of ’low carb’.

If you are diabetic, or you follow a low-carb or low-sugar diet, it is always best to check the ingredients of a recipe against your specific dietary guidelines.

What does the exclamation point (!) mean?

Missing nutrition data is indicated by the (!) sign and is a common reason for nutrition calculations seeming a bit off. We’re always working to improve the accuracy of our nutrition data, and we’d love any feedback you have. As we explain in the next question, if an ingredient is not found in the USDA table, then we cannot calculate the nutritioninformation.

Why are some fried foods labeled low fat?

Nutrition information is only as accurate as the ingredients listed. When ingredients are omitted from a recipe,Foodily cannot calculate accurate nutrition information. Some fried foods might be labeled low fat since the recipe didn’t list the oil used in frying as an ingredient. For example, even though you may have searched for “low fat fried chicken," when a recipe does not list “oil for frying” as one of its ingredients, you may get a fried chicken recipe that calls for deep frying. We are working to improve our ability to identify ingredients that are not in the ingredients list in order to provide you with more accurate calculations.

Why are some fish and other protein-rich recipes sometimes labeled low protein?

Recipes calling for ingredients that contain lots of water – such as halibut and other fish – may not have completely accurate nutrition information. Since the low, medium, and high labels are assigned based on the weight of ingredients as the percent of a total, recipes with a lot of water weight sometimes distort these calculations. We are working to improve these nutrition calculations in order to provide you with the most accurate nutrition information possible.


What is the paleo diet?

The paleolithic diet is based on the idea that humans are healthiest when eating foods available to our ancestors in the Paleolithic era. The diet is often abbreviated “paleo diet” or “paleodiet,” and is sometimes called the caveman diet. Search for recipes that fit the criteria of the paleo diet by adding the word “paleo” to your query. For example, try: http://www.foodily.com/s/paleo The paleo diet avoids starchy tubers such as potatoes and sweet potatoes; cultivated grains such as rice, wheat, oats, barley, and quinoa; legumes, alcohol, and dairy products.  


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