Adding an Individual Food to the Database
An unlimited number of new foods, products, and supplements can be user added to Nutritics from label data, International food tables, or from laboratory analysed values.
Pro Tip: Most of the foods in Nutritics are ‘average samples’ from multiple samples or brands. Thus when searching for products, it is often suitable to simply use an existing ‘best match’ food from the Nutritics database. Just be aware that the allergen information may not be specific to your branded product.
Adding an individual food:
1. To add a food, click the Start button at the top left of the screen and select the ‘New Food’ option
2. Specify if your food data is from a product label or other data source, such as lab analysed values or an International Food Composition Database
Pro Tip: In order to include vitamin and mineral values, which are not usually available on manufacturer’s food labels, you can import the nutrition from a ‘best match’ food in the database. To do this, search for a similar food in the database and click ‘insert’ after step 1 above. You can then update and edit as per the steps below (alternatively, search for a food and right click it to duplicate and start editing the values)
3. Choose the best fit category for your food from the options presented
4. Title the food and provide a description with any additional information (for example, manufacturer, data source, flavour, searchable keywords or any other background information)
5. Check if the label/data is presented per 100g of product - adjust the box as necessary
To add allergen information, add the ingredient list for the product by clicking the pencil icon in the ingredient list section.
Type in the ingredient list or copy and paste it from another source and include any 'may contain' allergens in the bottom field.
Specify if the food is a single ingredient item e.g. olive oil, fruit
Click ‘scan for allergens’ and any detected allergens will be highlighted.
You can change how the allergens are formatted by going to the menu by clicking on the cog icon in the top right corner of the screen > settings > preferences > scroll to the advanced section and choose your preference from the dropdown beside ‘Ingredient list allergen format’.
If any allergens have been flagged, you will be asked to approve them in order to proceed.
Allergens in the ingredient list will be flagged in the allergen tiles automatically.
9. Scroll up to add optional information such as a food photograph, the food cost, usable yield to add the food to groups. We will assume the food has a 100% yield if this is not added:
Food groups can be accessed in the Nutritics Content Explorer:
And by clicking on the ‘my foods’ tab and hovering over the arrow that appears.
10. Add food-specific custom fields (eg. shelf life, storage instructions) in the modifiers box.
11. Add the food's country of origin. When a country is added, it will be set to 100% automatically. If a second country of origin is added, input the correct percentage. The system will change the first country's percentage in response to make up to 100%:
12. Scroll down to the portion/pack sizes section to add portion size information. These portions will be available to choose from when adding this food to a recipe etc. later on.
If the food is a shared food, you can make portions private and collaborators won't see certain pack sizes/portions:
13. The notes section is a free text box and files e.g. a product spec sheet, can be attached to here.
14. All data is saved automatically with each action and all foods added to your account are added to the ‘My Foods’ tab of the Nutritics Explorer.