FoodCount.com is a website designed to help you make smart nutrition decisions by giving you the power of knowledge in tracking vital nutrients contained in the foods and beverages you consume everyday. The first step to a healthy diet is knowing exactly what you are putting in your body.
Our goal is to present to you, in a user-friendly fashion, the most complete database of food descriptions, serving sizes and nutrients available online. FoodCount.com can find your foods and calculate the nutrient content of your diet much faster than you would be able to do with a "calorie counting" book.
1. FoodCount.com finds your foods. From abalone to zucchini, FoodCount.com uses the power of the Internet to search a database of more than 30,000 common foods and beverages, including several thousand brand names as well as generic foods.
2. FoodCount.com calculates the nutrient intake for a 24 hour period, including macronutrients such as calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein and cholesterol plus more than 40 additional vitamins and minerals.
3. FoodCount.com compares your nutrient profile to the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for your age and gender and gives you the option to save your diet history so you can track your eating patterns over time.
The accuracy of your FoodCount.com nutrient profile depends upon your ability to estimate your food intake accurately. Many people under-estimate their number of servings. For a good article about perception vs. reality in the Consumption of Food Group Servings, download the following USDA article in PDF format: Insight 20, Oct. 2000: for more information on serving sizes, visit the Serving Sizes page of the Nutrition Tips portion of FoodCount.com.
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The United States Department of Agriculture is the source for all of the food descriptons, portion sizes, nutrient content, Recommended Dietary Allowances, and many of the nutrition tips. This research was gathered in 1998 and due to this fact, there may be slight differences between nutrient values listed on FoodCount.com and food labels you may have in your home.
Foodcount.com uses advanced search technology. Be as specific as possible. For example, FoodCount.com knows the difference between a "Burger King Whopper" and a generic "hamburger".
Although the database is very large, there are foods that are not in the FoodCount.com database. If you find yourself in this situation, search a broad term to give you options to select a close match.
The following acronyms are used because the USDA could not provide a more detailed description of the food as they would have liked: