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Food Dialog


Use the food dialog to enter and maintain food definitions.

The food dialog can be invoked in several ways:

  1. By pressing the button on the toolbar.
  2. Using the menu options Food>New, Food>Edit or Edit>Edit Food.
  3. By pressing F7 on a food line in the Food View.
  4. Right clicking on a food in either the food finder or the main Food View and selecting 'Edit Food'

Each food must have a unique name and specify the quantity on which the nutritional information is based.

Foods can be renamed by simply changing the value in the name field..

The quantity entered must have a 'unit' (g, oz, slice...) defined, select standard weight/volume units from the dropdown list or enter a portion name. The nutritional information you enter below should be based on this quantity.

When adding a new food a 'Copy Food...' button will be shown:

The copy button allows the nutritional information to be copied from an existing food. Pressing the copy button will invoke the Food Selector Dialog to select the food from which to copy information.

Foods can be defined in two ways:

  1. By directly defining their nutrient values on the Nutrition tab
  2. By building a new food definition from a list of existing foods (a recipe) on the Ingredients tab.

The food dialog has four tab pages:

Nutrition Page:

Keys available while editing the nutrients in the table:

Key Action
Enter Edit the currently selected cell
Arrow keys Move around the spreadsheet
Delete Clear the values in the selected line
Esc (Escape) Cancel editing and revert to previous value (only valid while editing a cell)

This tab page shows the nutrition values and their percentage of Daily Value (%DV).

The %DV values are those used on US food labels as defined by the FDA for a 2000 calorie diet.

The Quantity and %DV values can be edited (entering one will calculate the other) .

%DV values for nutrients with no Daily Value are not editable, this is highlighted by color coding.

To delete a value press the Delete key.

Portions Page:

Keys available while editing the portions in the table:

Key Action
Enter Edit the currently selected cell
Arrow keys Move around the spreadsheet
Insert Insert a new line at the current position
Delete Delete the selected line
Esc (Escape) Cancel editing and revert to previous value (only valid while editing a cell)

Use this page to enter a set of named portions and relate them to the quantity/unit entered in the header section.

For example the label on a yogurt may say that 100g contain 70 calories and that 1pot is 125g, to input this information enter the 100g in the header section, the 70 calories on the nutrition tab and add a portion entry for 1 pot = 125 g. By doing this you will be able to enter yogurt quantities in either weight (g, oz, lb) or pots on the main food view.

Insert and delete lines using the 'Insert' and 'delete' keys.

You can only enter a single weight and volume 'portion' since by entering one the program can calculate all the others, for example given that the nutritional information is based on 100g there is no need to enter a portion (conversion) of 1oz = 28g since the program can already calculate this.

Note the special case of using Calories in the 'ToUnit' field to define a portion, this was included because some food labels show 100g nutrient values and then state that 1 portion is n calories without stating the portion weight.

 

Ingredients Page:

Keys available while editing the ingredients:

Key Action
Enter Edit the currently selected cell
Arrow keys Move around the spreadsheet (use with Shift to multi-select lines)
Ctrl X Cut the currently selected line(s) to the clipboard
Ctrl C Copy the currently selected line(s) to the clipboard
Ctrl V Paste lines from the clipboard to the current position
Insert Insert a new line at the current position
Delete Delete the selected line(s), deleting all lines will re-enable editing of the nutrient values on the first tab.
Ctrl Up Move the selected line(s) up
Ctrl Down Move the selected line(s) down
Esc (Escape) Cancel editing and revert to previous value (only valid while editing a cell)

If you want to create a new food definition from a list of ingredients, enter the ingredients onto this page.

The spreadsheet entry acts in the same way as on the Food View (except that you cannot undo/redo or add/edit foods).

You can copy food lines from the main view to the ingredients list using standard cut/copy/paste.

You can create a new food from ingredients directly from the main food view by selecting the required ingredients, right clicking to show the context menu and selecting 'Make food from selected'.

When you enter ingredients the nutritional information on the first tab (Nutrition tab) is updated to equal the sum of the nutrients for the ingredients.

When ingredients have been entered the Nutrient values and %DV's on the first tab become read only.

The columns shown on the Ingredients tab are the same as those on the Food View.

The quantity/unit in the header section should be set to the sum of the ingredients (e.g. the total weight of the resulting dish, the total number of portions etc.).

 

Information Page:

 

This tab shows the source of the information and for foods that have been renamed the original food name,

General Notes:

  1. The Delete... button is enabled for user entered foods (you cannot delete any foods from the shipped database)..
  2. Changing the nutrition/portion values for an existing food does not update all existing log entries for that food, to update all entries use the Find/Replace dialog and select the food in the Find What and Replace fields, then choose Replace All to update the nutrients on all uses of this food.