Cronometer Frequently Asked Questions

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You Might Be Wondering...

Sometimes Cronometer might surprise you – either the way the app functions or when you see the nutrition information on a food that you think must be wrong. We’re here to set the record straight with answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

How do I Track Water?

You can track water the same way as adding a food to your diary. For example, add Tap Water to your food diary. Then scroll to your nutrient targets and you will see the target bar for water begin to fill up.


The reason we do it this way is because whole food listings in our database from the NCCDB contain water in their nutrient profiles, and this will also contribute to your water total. This way you’ll get a much more accurate idea of how much water you’re actually consuming!

Why Does it Say Coffee has Carbs?

We get asked this one a lot.

If you look closely, we report coffee as having some fiber, which is classified under total carbohydrates.

Some small particles from the beans make it through the brewing/filtering process and end up in the coffee and these particles contain a substantial amount of fiber.

Why Don't My Macro Calories Add Up?

The calories and the macronutrient values will be a bit off because each food is different in the actual amount of energy (calories) it contains.

What we mean here is that you were probably taught the rule that carbs and protein are 4 kcals per gram, and fat is 9 kcals per gram.

They are not. They are close but there is better data on some foods and we use that in the calculations for the macronutrients.

For example, some carbs are 3.8, 4.1, 4.3 kcals per gram etc. Same is true for protein and fats. That is why there will be a discrepancy, when our data is more accurate than the 4-4-9 crude estimation – which means you really can count on us for giving you the best nutrition information.

Why Doesn't This Branded Product Contain a Nutrient I Know Should be Listed?

Branded products oftentimes do not list full nutrient profiles on their nutrition labels. Since we do not analyze foods for their data here at Cronometer we cannot fill in the blanks or know what the values are for nutrients not listed on the label.

The best way to get the most nutrition information is to use our most comprehensive database – the NCCDB. By performing text-based searches when adding foods, most whole foods can be found from the NCCDB which lists many, many more vitamins and minerals in their nutrient profiles.

We suggest taking a look at this blog as it should help you navigate Cronometer to it’s fullest capabilities to enable you to obtain more accurate information on both macro and micronutrients.

What's the Difference between Daily Value (DV) and Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)?

To determine your targets, Cronometer uses the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). This is the amount of a certain nutrient you should be getting each day based on your age and gender.

On food packaging, the nutrition label shows the % Daily Value (DV). This represents how much of a nutrient the food product provides relative to a total daily diet. For example, if a label has 50% DV for calcium, that means that it has 500 mg of calcium per serving, because the % DV for calcium is 1,000 mg per day. The % DVs are used for nutrition labeling purposes only, and are different from the personalized targets used in Cronometer.

You can learn more about % DVs here and your RDAs here.

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