Because of dietary sensitivities, and our health consciousness, we felt it was very important for eRecipe to provide nutrition facts information for all of our recipes.
How do we calculate that information?
eRecipe uses the USDA nutrition facts information database. The USDA classifies thousands of foods and gives their nutrition facts analysis.
We have used their data to compute the nutrition facts totals on our recipes.
Nutrition facts totals are figured on a per-serving basis including all foods in the ingredients list.
We simply total the nutrition facts information for all foods in the ingredients of a recipe, and then divide by the number of servings it makes to arrive at the per-serving nutrition facts information.
For many recipes servings information is unknown, in which case we simply provide the nutrition facts information for the entire recipe.
This, of course, often results in enormous numbers.
We encourage you to provide servings information for any recipes you have tried, in order to improve our nutrition facts information.
We use the lower number when a range is given.
If a recipe makes from 2-4 servings, we calculate nutrition facts analysis as if the recipe makes 2, i.e. half of the dish. Likewise, if a recipe calls for 1-2 cups of cheese, we assume you only use 1.
Ingredient sizing can vary.
Some recipes specify an ingredient size as simple "1 can", "1 package", etc. Obviously, the size of the can or package you use may differ from the size the recipe author used. We encourage recipe authors to explicitly specify the exact size in these cases, but not all authors have. In these cases, eRecipe assumes a standard size for the ingredient (10 3/4 ozs for a can of soup, for example) and uses this size to compute nutrition data.
Some ingredients are included in the nutrition data, even though they do not make it into the final product.
At this time, eRecipe is unable to distinguish between ingredients in the dish, and those that are only used in preparation and then disposed, for example, marinade ingredients or deep-frying oil.
Thus, be aware the nutrition facts may be inflated as a result of including these ingredients.
Optional ingredients or ingredients without discrete measurements are not included in the nutrition facts information.
When an ingredient in a recipe does not have an explicit measurement, we cannot calculate nutrition data for it.
We don't know if "salt, to taste" or "sour cream, to taste" means a teaspoon, a tablespoon, or none to you.
Therefore, we omit these ingredients from the nutrition facts computation.
Likewise, if the ingredient is marked "optional," it is not included in the nutrition facts information.
eRecipe is not perfect. We don't claim to be. Our nutrition facts information is approximate (just like everyone else's).
Our nutrition facts database is not complete and serving size information for many recipes is unknown, which leads to incomplete nutrition data.
Always consult a registered dietician or your physician before embarking on any diet plan which relies on these numbers, and for any other questions.