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In our last blog we talked about the USDA’s verbiage for nutritional information and showed you where in Cron-O-Meter that data is used. We will carry that theme through the next few blogs and show you how to make changes to Cron-O-Meter’s default settings.

Cron-O-Meter uses a host of databases for our food diary. They all do things in different ways and we get a lot of questions in regard to conflicting data in the system. We aren’t a laboratory doing food analysis, but certainly appreciate anyone who is. It has to be a daunting task to create, collect, and distribute this data. Here at Cron-O-Meter we choose carefully which ones we use. It is important to have reliable data in the system for you the user and for us because we use it too!

The databases we use can be found in the foods tab as depicted in the picture below.

Foods tab

Click on the picture to see the database sources we use in Cron-O-Meter.

We have built in ways you can edit the nutrient ranges to more optimal levels if you desire. In Cron-O-Meter you can see the default values for the USDA nutrient ranges by clicking on the macronutrient, micronutrient, and graphs. Here we clicked on the words “B5 (pantothenic acid)” and the range box pops up (depicted below). You can set a different range or use the default RDA standards, which will be displayed if they are defined.

Nutrient levels box B5


Next time we will discuss the dynamic macronutrient targets and what the targets in the dropdown menu (zone, paleo, ketogenic, LFRV) mean and can do for you.

Dynamic macronutirent targets

Live well!

Frank Alvarez- Health Coach

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