Maintaining our diet and exercise has never been so easy. You can use the MyFitnessPal app to record everything from the number of steps taken during the day to the food eaten for breakfast.
One of the best features of MyFitnessPal (MFP) is that it allows users to record their food intake simply by scanning the barcode on the package. This is the fastest way to record nutritional information about what we eat during the day.
Is it possible to add food without a barcode?
What happens if we eat something that does not have a barcode? We may have eaten bananas at a friend's house and of course we don't have a barcode. The good news is that it is possible to add food even if you don't have a barcode. You can register all kinds of food, regardless of whether it comes with a barcode.
How do you add food without a barcode?
It is very simple to add any food that does not have a barcode. You just have to follow these steps:
- Look at the bottom bar of the MFP application and select Calendar.
- Choose the relevant food: breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks.
- Under each meal you will see ADD FOOD. Choose to add your food.
- After that, you will see a search bar at the top of the screen.
- Enter the name of the food you eat and click Search.
- Choose the correct food and click the check mark in the upper right corner.
You will see more than one result in your search. That is one of the best features of this application and we will explain why.
The beauty of various results
We will use bananas because the fruit is a good example to highlight the usefulness of this feature. Of course, the same applies to other foods as well.
Let's say you have a banana for a snack. That doesn't give you enough nutritional information because bananas can vary in size. A banana can have 70 to 135 calories. That's a big difference considering that one big banana can have as many calories as two small bananas. That is why it is important to properly track your food, especially if your goal is to lose weight.
You can choose from many options, such as the size of your meal or portion. For example, you don't even need to have whole bananas. If you have a cup of sliced bananas with your morning oatmeal, fine. You can choose the Banana Slices option and then how many cups.
This option is very useful, especially if you are not a person who cooks. This means that it is not necessary to know how many grams each meal is eaten during the day. You don't need to measure it if you don't want to. Instead, you can choose from a variety of serving sizes and serving sizes available in the MFP search bar.
After choosing foods, you will see detailed nutritional information about them. If you choose a medium banana, you will immediately see how many calories it contains. You can also see how many grams of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. This is really helpful because it shows damage to your food, whether it's low in fat, high in protein, or whatever.
If you scroll down, you will find a deeper analysis. MyFitnessPal will inform you of the type of fat contained in your food, be it saturated or trans fat. You can also check how many grams of sugar or dietary fiber you have eaten. There is also information on the most important vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C or vitamin A.
As you can see, adding food to MyFitnessPal without a barcode is not difficult at all. Also, the process is interesting because you can learn more about your food. This is basically a mini nutrition course and can be very helpful. With greater awareness, you will be able to choose better foods.
We hope this feature is helpful to you and remains motivated to track your food intake and track your progress.