FOOD SEARCH BAR


EXPLANATION OF THE WAY BITES ARE DISPLAYED


iTrackBites uses a unified search system.


Simply start a food search by tapping the + sign by any meal marker on your Dashboard main screen or going to the big green + sign and going to FOOD.

Search for a food in the bar at the top and it will bring up results: 


1. Recent Foods (if applicable)


2. Followed by POCKET GUIDE 

(POCKET GUIDE is where ZERO BITE foods will be shown, as ZERO BITE foods are specific to each Plan)


3. Followed by USDA


4. Finally ONLINE DATABASE 

(PRO subscriber option)


Both USDA and Online Search or scanning an item will ALWAYS show up with BITES values because they are calculated on the nutritional data.


The reason you see multiple listings is because of the variance in serving size, manufacturers and UPCs.



LETS USE BANANAS AS AN EXAMPLE

You can see here that in the Pocket Guide it shows up as 0 on my plan which is correct however in both the USDA and Online listings it shows up with BITES. That is correct also.


For people who are tracking Calories or Macros, they may use one of those listings and zero it out using the 0 BITE switch + save it to their favorites that way or there may be people who do wish to count a certain item that is zero on their particular plan but for whatever reason choose to count them personally.


SO HOW DO I CHOOSE?

The POCKET GUIDE listing is the best option for all fruit, vegetable, meat, cheeses and other non branded food items + alcohol. Branded food items are found in the Online Search (and sometimes the USDA guide). SCANNING a food item will always show as BITES as it is calculating based on the nutritional label.


Alcohol cannot be calculated in the normal way and BITES values are only correct in the POCKET GUIDE for that.





HOW DO RESULTS WORK

Results are now combined into one unified search. When you search for a food item, you will see RECENT results from your own personal food entries that you have created / edited / favorited, then from the POCKET GUIDE, then the USDA guide and finally the ONLINE SEARCH.


SO WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

The POCKET GUIDE is a simple guide which is specific to your plan and contains all the [0] BITE foods. These results are the quickest and easiest results to use for fruit, vegetables, non branded foods like meat and dairy and alcohol.


USDA is basically a free version of the online database - it is a great resource for meat or other things with USDA data, it has some restaurant items and a much more well rounded selection of items than the basic pocket guide.


However ALL items will show with BITES because they are calculated on nutritional info. It is a great option if you haven't purchased a PRO subscription.


SEARCH ONLINE searches multiple available databases online and provides you with pre-calculated information. This is similar to going on to Google and looking at nutritional information.

ONLINE SEARCH is exclusive to PRO subscribers.