What if I think a food color is wrong?

Oh no! Looks like you may have found an error in our Food Database! First, let’s explain the way we categorize our food into colors. We use calorie density, which you might have read about in the first week of your program. The calorie density (or energy density) of a food is a measurement of the average calories per weight (gram or ounce) of that food.

 CD =        Calories per serving     


   Grams per serving   

 

The table below shows how we classify our foods:

 

Types Green Yellow Red
Solid Foods      Low CD (<1) Medium CD (1 < x < 2.4) Higher CD (2.4 < x)
Liquids Low CD (<0.4)    Medium CD (0.4 < x < 0.5)   Higher CD (0.5 < x)  
Soups Low CD (<0.5) Medium CD (0.5 < x < 1.0) Higher CD (1.0 < x)

 

Because our program helps you to manage various types of conditions and promotes nourishment through wholesome and fresh foods, there are some things that might be exceptions to this calorie density rule. Here are some of these exceptions:

Whole vs. refined foods

White and wheat breads or white and brown rice might have similar calorie densities, but we want our users to know which is the better option. To do this, the color of whole grain foods will be adjusted (CD < 2.4=Yellow and CD > 2.4=Red).

Dairy

  • Non fat dairy is Green
  • Low fat dairy is Yellow
  • Whole fat dairy is Red

Drinks with artificial sweeteners

We categorize diet sodas and other low calorie drinks that contain artificial sweeteners as yellow because although they have no calories, many studies have shown that diet sodas do not satiate your desire or thirst and they are super processed. We want to encourage our users to consume these with caution because they can potentially contribute to weight gain and might have high sodium contents.

Alcoholic beverages and sodas

We adjust the color for these to suggest that less of these should be consumed because these kinds of beverages are often be high in sugar and contribute to weight gain without providing much nutritional value. Alcoholic beverages that have the CD of a green food are displayed as yellow and sodas that have the CD of a yellow food are displayed as red.

Sometimes there are discrepancies between your nutrition labels and our database. For those differences, we have a way to report within the app. If you:

Go to log your meals > Pick the meal you want to log > Enter the food you want to log > Select “More” in the top right corner > Here you will see three options “Nutrition Facts,” “Flag a problem,” and “What does this color mean?” > Click on “Flag a Problem,” and indicate what the problem is.

Finally, if you are adding foods to our database, they will get added within 3 to 6 months from when you added it. We have a dedicated team that works to make sure that the food entries in our database are accurate and to make sure the nutritional information of the thousands of submissions (from users like you) are correct. We have over a million users that log food in our database, so thanks for helping us keep our database up to date! 🙂