A food item contains all the nutritional details for a type of food product. A recipe is a type of food derived from a
collection of other foods. For example, we have food items for bread, ham, cheddar cheese, mustard, and butter.
A recipe for a Ham & Cheese Sandwich would contain the list of ingredients (two slices of bread, a
slice of ham, a slice of cheese, a tea spoon of mustard, and a pat of butter). The nutritional details of the recipe would be the sum
of all the nutrients of its ingredients.
To view, and add foods, go to the "Foods" tab.
Here at Cronometer, we take pride in curating an accurate and complete database.
Every user submitted food is reviewed by our curation team before being added to the
database; branded products that are submitted by users contain only the nutrition
information from the nutrition facts table on the packaging or on the brand's official
website. If you do find a mistake we would love it if you could let us know by reporting an issue!
Data Source Types
We categorize our data sources into 3 broad categories with a unique icon to identify them easily:
Detailed Laboratory Analysis
The gold-standard for nutrition data, these foods come from comprehensive government and institutional laboratory analysis.
These foods will have the best coverage of nutrition details for vitmains, minerals, sugar and fat breakdowns, and even
amino acid profiles. The downside is that such detailed analysis only happens for a small set of foods common enough to get
this full treatment. This typically means we have whole foods and ingredients, as well as generic foods (ie. the 'average spaghettie sauce')
but rarely have specific name-brand products.
Nutrition Label Data
We have hundreds of thousands of name brand products and restaurant foods, but the caveat with these is they will only have the nutrient details
these products have listed on the label, and this is normally only the macro-nutrients and a few micro-nutrients required by labelling laws.
Custom Foods and Recipes
If a food is created by you or someone sharing with you (a friend or professional), it will show this icon to indicate it is a custom food item,
and not part of our public food database
If your priority is to get the most detailed information for a food, we recommend choosing entries with the Lab icon
These entries have compiled results from lab analyses and research papers to provide us with a
comprehensive nutrient profile.
The foods in our database come from several specific sources shown below:
Please report issues with foods directly to our support team, Do not contact these providers directly.
Curated by the The University of Minnesota, this is the most comprehensive set of food data we use, and makes up the bulk of foods
in our database. This data set contains over 17000 food entries with comprehensive data on 70 nutrients.
This data has a lot of overlap with the USDA data (many entries are derived it), but adds a lot of additional foods, as well as
reflecting differences found in Canadian foods. It has french and english names for all items, as well as standard measures in
This data set contains nearly 1000 irish food and supplement products.
CRON-O-Meter Community Database (CRDB)
This is our own set of user-submitted food entries. These are typically
created by users from nutrition labels of products they use. Because nutrition labels are limited, they may not have as complete a
nutrient-profile as the more generic entries from the USDA or NCCDB. If you have any custom foods for food products that would be
useful to share with the cronometer.com community, you can submit your custom foods for publication by clicking the widget menu icon
at the top of the food editor panel.
These are your custom foods. These are private and can only be viewed and used by you, or any friends you
have linked to for food-sharing.
Most of our physical activities are derived from this compendium
Viewing food details
Click on the "Foods" tab.
Click on the "Search Foods" button on the left.
Search for the food you want to view and select it.
The nutritional values of your selected food item will appear on your screen.
How to create a new food
If you have a product with a nutrition label that is not yet in our database, you can add it by following these instructions.
On the 'Foods' tab, click the "Create New Food" button.
A food editor will appear. Enter a name for your food, and choose a category for the food type. If your food has a UPC code
you can also enter that in the Barcode section which will let you scan the item with the mobile app's barcode scanner.
Before you enter the nutrition facts you should set the serving size, so it's clear what serving size you're entering the
nutrition facts for. Find the serving size editor and edit the name of the serving size (Bar, Slice, Cup, Tablespoon etc...).
If you know the gram weight of the serving size, you can also enter the grams. If you don't know the weight, then leave it
If you want multiple serving sizes, you can use the green plus button to add more, but only if all of the serving sizes have
a known gram weight.
Now you can enter the nutrition facts from the label. Make sure you have the right serving size selected before you start
entering in the nutrition facts. You can edit a nutrient value by clicking on the amount to make it editable
You can also edit the %DV (Daily Value) when applicable, by clicking on the value
For convenience you can also click and edit values directly on the nutrition label at the top.
When you are finished adding all of the nutrition information for your new food item, scroll to the top of the page and
click the "Save Changes" button.
You should now be able to search for your food by name and add it to your diary just like any other food.
How to create a new recipe
Recipes are a great way to speed up the entering of your most common meals. For example, if you often eat a breakfast
consisting of quick oats, raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon, and milk, it can be time consuming to always enter all five of these
ingredients every day. Instead, you can create a 'My Breakfast Porridge' recipe which contains these ingredients. Once created, you
can just search and add your recipe instead of the individual ingredients.
Have your recipe handy, including the amounts of each ingredient.
Go to the 'Foods' tab:
Click the Create New Recipe button. Cron-O-Meter displays the New Recipe pane
on the right part of the page, partially shown below.
Enter a name for your recipe, and choose the category to which it belongs. You can also add any recipe notes here.
To add your ingredients, click on the green "+" icon next to the "Ingredients" section.
By default, the recipe will contain a 'Full Recipe' serving for the complete ingredients. If the recipe makes multiple
servings, you can add additional individual serving sizes (for example: a Brownie, or a Bowl). Click the green "+"
next to the Serving list to add custom serving sizes. For example, your full soup recipe may make 4 bowls of soup, so you can add a
'Bowl' serving that will be 1/4th of the full recipe:
When you are finished adding all of the ingredients for your new recipe, scroll to the top of the page and click the "Save
You should now be able to search for your recipe by name and add it to your diary just like any other food.
Ask the Oracle
The nutrient oracle can help you explore the food database to find good sources for particular nutrients.
The results can be ranked in three different ways: Highest amount Per Calorie, highest amount per Gram, and by The Oracle. The
last option ranks foods according to a wide variety of factors. Ranking by nutrient density per calorie isn't always a great way to
find good foods to add to your diet to shore up a nutrient deficiency. For example, certain spices are very nutrient dense per
calorie, but you would never consume that item in enough volume to get a significant amount of the nutrient. You're going to have a
hard time eating 200 grams of cinnamon, let me tell you! Also, many foods that are rich in certain nutrients are not very practical
or popular. Alaskan Ring Seal Livers may be great, but you'll have a hard time finding them at your grocery store.
The Oracle considers nutrient density, food popularity, and how much of a nutrient is in a typical serving size. It actively
learns from all of you what foods people really eat, and how much at a time. This helps finding practical choices much easier. You
can also filter by food category (pretty important to you vegans out there), to find the best choices in that category alone.