How to track extra nutrients

Many of us check food labels to try to eat a healthy diet – but it’s not always easy to know how we’re doing.

To give you greater insight into your diet, we now track 5 more nutrients – carbs, sugar, protein, saturated fat and salt – as well as calories and fat.

3 easy steps to track more in your food diary

On the website…

Get the big picture with all 7 nutrients showing in your food diary.

1) Go to ‘Settings’ and tick what you’d like to track.

2) Choose how columns are ordered in your diary by dragging and dropping. Then apply your changes.

3) Your diary now shows all of your chosen nutrients. Check your daily progress in the summary chart on the right.

In the App…

The App also tracks all 7 nutrients – but you can only choose one extra nutrient to track on your diary. Tap the icon top right, then use the scroller to choose.

We hope this extra information is helpful. But remember, if you’re trying to lose weight, it still all comes down to calories – so make sure you’re sticking to your target!

3 Comments

  • Liz Jennings says:

    So pleased you are doing the extra nutrients it is a great addition especially sugar. It will be a great help.

    Well done Liz Jennings

  • Linda says:

    I love using the app and I was delighted to find that I can now track my sugar intake. However, some days this is quite high and even exceeds what I am allowed but most of it comes from fruit. Is that ok or is the sugar in fruit just the same as sugar in chocolate?

    • Emma Clarke Nutracheck Nutritionist says:

      Yes that’s fine. Although sugar is sugar – so the way it’s used within our body once it reaches the liver is the same no matter where it’s come from – the additional nutrients you get from fruit means it doesn’t have the overall same effect as eating a chocolate bar for example. Foods like fruit and milk which contain sugar, also contain important nutrients such as calcium, fibre and vitamins. This means they are a beneficial addition to our diet. Also fruits tend to be broken down more slowly by the body due to the fibre content, meaning they don’t cause the same blood sugar spike that say a biscuit would. You’re also far less likely to eat an apple and then immediately want another one – but if you ate a chocolate biscuit, you’d likely want another 1 or 2 straight after! So in summary, try not to be overly concerned if you go over your sugar allowance due to fruit consumption – this is not the sugar source we are concerned with.

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