How NutriCalc improves the quality of supplier information
Some suppliers offer excellent and reliable nutrition information for their products, however many supplier product information sheets often provide either very limited or very poor-quality information depending upon their source. NutriCalc runs checks on the data you enter into your custom ingredients and prompts you with our unique help guides. These guides are in place in order to highlight that there may be a problem with the data that has been inputted into the file. The areas that NutriCalc checks are:
1. Energy calculations
NutriCalc Online checks the energy calculations for you and prompts you with what it believes to be the correct result based on the legal requirement: Kcal = 9xF, 4xP, 4xC, 2xDF & Kj = 37xF, 17xP, 17xC, 8xDF Provided the Fat, Protein, Carbohydrate and Dietary Fibre values are correct, unless there is a significant amount of Alcohol, Polyols & Organic acids in the product, you should use the value suggested in the help guide.
2. Fat breakdown
Suppliers often provide just a saturated fat value in their product specification sheets. NutriCalc Online will offer you the opportunity to base the fat breakdown on an ingredient which may be in your product i.e. Sunflower Oil. If there is more than one significant source of fat in the product, and you cannot obtain more detailed information from your supplier, you should select ‘split evenly’. This is not perfect but will be closer than leaving the nutrients empty.
3. Carbohydrate breakdown
Again, suppliers will often provide the legal minimum of Sugars and offer nothing for starch. The Online Service will prompt you with a value based on Carbohydrate minus sugars, but this will NOT be correct if there are significant amounts of Oligosaccharides present. An example of these are: onions, carrots, peppers, glycerine etc.
NutriCalc will also prompt you to check your sodium value if this looks very low. This is an attempt to check that you have entered the quantity in Milligrams rather than grams and not entered the salt value instead of the sodium value. It should be noted that these are not the same.
5. Moisture content
If your supplier has not provided a value for this, NutriCalc is able to offer a moisture content value, based on the other nutrients in the table. Allowing NutriCalc to guide you through this process will provide a much better quality dataset than you may otherwise have from your supplier.