Is there really a good recipe nutrition calculator available online we can trust?
Believe me when I say, "do not copy a Nutrition Facts label from a competitor's label." If FDA or USDA questions the nutrition food values, you'll be hard pressed to prove that you labeled the product "in good faith."
If you are going to make a nutrition fact label, understand your food ingredient labels breakdown first, and get the "combined" nutrient data such as carbohydrates, sugar, calcium and iron content within each individual food.You are going to need to understand how to minimize waste with accurate portions and this book is a great way to learn Culinary Calculations: Simplified Math for Culinary Professionals. It's a great buy just for the recipe conversion and costing tools alone. If you're like me, you can't go wrong with sources like this. This book comes packed with answers to most things you'll need to know.
So with that said, let's use dark chocolate for an example.
First, I want a recipe nutrition calculator for a one-ounce dark chocolate square.
National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: (opens in a new window)
Don't get side tracked with this one website because there's more to
Once this new window opens, leave it open so that you'll be able to search for other nutrient values. Bookmark it for easy access too.
Immediately, you will know the "gram weight" for one-ounce of dark chocolate.
Voilâ, "nutrient values and weights are for edible portion" are available for this one ounce dark chocolate square!
It will look something like this picture of dark chocolate nutrients.
Have a look at the final nutrition label for my line of LB's Creative Candies made with confectioners coating. I must admit however, I had a very good food lab create these labels.
The nutrient data will most likely be overwhelming. It's about three pages long in an MS Word document. Don't be discouraged because you now have a definite breakdown of your ingredients, and know what nutrients are in a 1oz square of dark chocolate.
This can be way too much to comprehend though. But it does give you some advantage to real nutrient data you may need for your recipes ingredients.
From there you will have solid information to match up with, when you use someone else's recipe nutrition calculator.
Another great source for nutritional information comes right from the counter top.
This EatSmart Digital Nutrition Scale Professional Food and Nutrient Calculator is a great resource available any time you need to spot check anything you consume.
This is a "gotta have it" for everything nutrition! This is the one chef tool that will validate, or find discrepancies on, the nutrition labels on packages.
You are using chocolate and candy supplies with nutrition data. Why not hold manufacturers to the nutritional facts? At least your can rest on the facts of what you are going to consume, or ask someone else to consume.
A great recipe nutrition calculator, over at sparkrecipes.com, might give you some insight. You can enter in your recipe ingredient-by-ingredient and then see the nutrition for that overall recipe.
Be mindful here though, as this could easily have ambiguities and limited information in some ingredients. This is why I suggest you always look at USDA's nutrition data for comparison.
Again, this information is solely for checking validity. You are ultimately responsible for the nutrition information you make public.
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