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Sugar Alcohols, Vitamin D study, and Supplements

Sugar Alcohols

We’ve now added support to track total Sugar Alcohols (polyols) in the carbohydrate breakdown. Please note we only currently have data for this in some of our whole foods database. By default they are not tracked as a target in your diary, but you can enable this on the Profile tab.

GrassrootsHealth Vitamin D Study

You can now join and link to an ongoing long-term study on Vitamin D.  Through them you can order your at-home vitamin D blood test kit and have your vitamin D serum levels measured every 6 months. Linking your cronometer account with their system will allow sharing your diary data with the researchers. They hope to learn more about how your diet, exercise, and supplementation affects your vitamin D serum levels. If you want to enroll, visit the Profile tab in cronometer and enroll in the Sharing section.

Supplements Store

Need dietary supplements like protein powders, workout & recovery supplements, and vitamins? We’ve partnered with strength.com to bring our US customers a supplement store with a great selection of high quality supplements.  Get some great deals and help support cronometer at the same time by ordering through our supplement store.



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  • For those of us on Ketogenic Diets, do we have the option to subtract the sugar alcohols, along with fiber, to get net carbs? I don't see it doing that, although I may have the setting wrong. I even tried to edit the sugar alcohol as a minus, and it still didn't seem to subtract them.

    Thanks for all the great updates, I really love this program

    • Mona

      We do not track sugar alcohols as they are not generally available from our nutrition data sources. For that reason we can't really track them in the programming because the data is not available to us. Putting a note in the diary may be the best way track it and subtract it from your total carbs if you want to know that number.



      • Frank, I'm confused. The first sentence of the blog entry says "We’ve now added support to track total Sugar Alcohols (polyols) in the carbohydrate breakdown." But you are saying COM doesn't track them. Which is it?

        • You are correct, we have a block for sugar alcohols but the data is sparse at best. Sorry it I caused any confusion.

          Best regards


        • I think I understand.

          COM added a field for sugar alcohols in food definitions. However, they are still treated as dietary carbohydrates (they are treated as 4 kcal/gram in Net Carbs.). They are tracked as a separate type of carbohydrate (just as starch, sugar, and fiber are tracked).

          The current national databases contain little data about sugar alcohol content in foods. The new field allows sugar alcohols to be added to custom food definitions and prepares for future inclusion of sugar alcohols in databases.

          By default, COM does not show sugar alcohols in your diary. To make them visible, click on Profile and then under "Nutritional Targets" click on the Carbohydrates tab. On the line marked Sugar Alcohol, check the box on the far right (the visible column).

          You can also set a target range (for example, to warn about sugar alcohol intake over 10g/day, click on Sugar Alcohol in the profile, check the box next to "use custom values ...", and fill in 0 in the minimum box and 10 in the maximum box (click on apply).

  • It's really a shame that the Grassroots Health study seems more geared to making money than collecting data.

    My Vitamin D is tested at least 4 times a year as part of routine labs. I have no reason to order kits from Grassroots Health, but I have quite a bit of data to offer, all from Labcorp.

    Unfortunately, there's no way to enroll and bring one's own data.

    • Ellen

      It depends on what the ingredients are. Stevia and xylitol are usually ok, but a lot of the artificial sweeteners have other things in them, like maltodextrin, which will knock you out of ketosis. Read the labels and be sure you are not getting those things. One concern with using even stevia or xylitol is that they may still cause cravings for sweets.

      If you want more specifics you can get me at info@FranklyNutritious.com since Cronometer doesn't give nutritional advice.

      Hope that helps a bit.

      Best regards,