Ingredient Nutritional Information
On the ingredient edit page (accessed by clicking on the selected ingredient in the Ingredients page), you’ll find the button “Show Nutritional Information”. Click on it, and the nutritional information section will open up. All its fields are editable.
For Parsley to be able to use the Nutrition Facts you enter, it requires a serving size. That serving size has to be in terms of measurements that are accepted for that ingredients - which means that they're defined in its Measurements section above. For example, if Weight has been selected as an option, then the Serving Size can be any of gram, kg, oz, or lb. If Volume is also selected, then cup, pint, tablespoon, etc. can be used. If you haven't yet selected a Measurement unit, you'll need to do that before entering a serving zize.
A few clarifications:
- Some of the allergens (fish, crustacean or shellfish, and tree nuts) require the specific type of the allergen. For example, if the ingredient is walnuts, then tree nuts needs to be checked, and the word "walnuts" entered in the field next to it.
- The last 6 allergens - "cereals containing gluten", "celery", "mustard", "sesame seeds", "sulphur dioxide and sulphites", and "lupin", are required by the European Union, but not by the USDA. We've included them for the sake of completeness.
If Added Sugar is checked, then any recipe that uses this ingredient will include the sugars from this ingredient as “Added Sugar”. Examples of ingredients that would have this flag checked are any sugar (cane sugar, white sugar, brown sugar…), as well as honey and various syrups.
If the ingredient itself is a purchased ingredient that includes multiple ingredients ("components"), you can list those in the "Contains the Following Ingredients" section (under Characteristics). When the ingredient is used in a recipe, the ingredient will be listed with, in parenthesis, its components. Important - you still need to indicate the allergens and dietary characteristics of that purchased ingredient, Parsley views the components as pure text and does not add their allergen information
if Non-Edible is checked, the nutritional value of the ingredient will not be added to the nutritional value of any recipe that uses it, and it will not be included in the recipe’s ingredient list. Examples of such ingredients include items such as serving ware or cookware (so for example, a pie tin could be included in a recipe, but it would not be included in its nutritional information). The other ingredient we mark as Non-Edible is water, because it's normally not included in ingredient lists, and it doesn't add to the nutritional content of food per the USDA label.
Below, as an example, is the nutritional information for whole milk.