In our household reading the nutrition labels is a MUST. We need this for our middle child to know how many carbs are in her meal (for her type 1 diabetes) and we would like the nutritional information for us, so we know how many calories, fat and other things are in the meals we eat. Making meals from scratch is hard for us, it takes a lot of counting of carbs in the whole dish and dividing it up into servings. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with Edamam Nutrition Wizard. All I have to do is copy the ingredients, tell it how many servings it makes and we get all the nutritional information we need.
Please keep in mind that this is an estimate of the nutritional value, it’s not 100% accurate and should not be used for those who need exact numbers. For my example I’ll be talking about a recipe I knew the nutritional value to. I prepared a meal called, Cheesy Beef Skillet Dinner. The calories the recipe said it has per serving is 570 Calories(the the recipe’s website), the calories the Edamam Nutrition Wizard gave was 634 calories. It’s close enough and really even the “actual” calories given is an estimate because you can’t know how big or small certain veggies will be and the calories for them.
I entered the recipe into the wizard and clicked analyze. It then gave me the nutritional values as well as let me know the Nutrition Claims, such as; low Carb, egg Free, peanut Free, tree Nut Free, soy Free, fish Free, shellfish Free… I love this, it helps me think clearer when it comes to preparing each meal for those with special food needs.
I can then click on the Detailed Nutrition button and it drops down to show me line by line the nutrition in the meal I am preparing. It looks very similar to the nutrition labels on pre-made boxes.
You can save each recipe and access the list of recipes you created under the “My Wizard Recipes” button. There I can easily access each meal I have entered and saved. This is great for meals I make often and need a quick place to find the nutrition info.
I plan on using this wizard often. I am still a bit wary of the accuracy of the wizard, as it seems to be a bit off. However it does get me into the ball-park of where I need to be. There is also an app I can download for my phone to get this same information. I can also search the site for recipes to try and get inspired to make.
I would recommend this site with the caution to not relying on it for total accuracy, just a ball-park. I’m sure it will calculate better and better the more this system is used. Either way, I think it’s pretty awesome.
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