Categories: HealthNutrition

The Dietary Reference Intakes, not enough for you? Here are some options to consider.

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.

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.


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.

Live well!

Frank Alvarez- Health Coach


Frank Alvarez :Frank Alvarez - Owner Frankly Nutritious. www.FranklyNutritious.com Frank turned his life around when he was racing as professional duathlete and adventure racer. He was "fit but not healthy", and pushed himself too far and became seriously ill. He found holistic nutrition and used it to turn his life around. You can can read his story at www.franklynutritious.com Frank graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Bacteriology. Shortly after his graduation he joined the Wisconsin Air National Guard (Air Force) where he flew KC 135s for 25 years. He has raced as a professional duathlete competing in five world championships. He is a Cory Holly Institute Certified Sports Nutrition Advisor, a Colgan Power lifting coach, a CHEK Holistic Life Coach, and is enrolled in a Masters of Holistic Nutrition course, which will lead into a PhD program. His passion in health and wellness and his military career fostered his Wellness For Me integrative program that partners with the individual to design a path to their optimum health vision. As owner of Wellness For Me, LLC, Frank is proud to bring you the programs Frankly Nutritious and Frankly Fit. Hawthorn University- Master of Science and Holistic Nutrition- 85% completed. 128 Air Refueling Wing Resiliency Instructor Certified Sports Nutrition Advisor- Cory Holly Institute Cooper Clinic Fitness Specialist CHEK Holistic Life Coach Colgan Institute- Level 1 Power Lifting Certified Coach Level-1 US Track & Field Coach Category 4 US Triathlon Official USAF KC 135 Instructor Pilot - Retired www.FranklyNutritious.com FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/FranklyNutritious Twitter: https://twitter.com/franklynutrient