Frequently Asked Questions

Questions…

What is Nutrition Facts?
How much does Nutrition Facts cost?
Why do you offer this for free?
Why is the current version 0.9.4? What does this number mean?
How often will updates be made?
How can I be notified of updates?
Who do I contact for technical support?
How many foods are in Nutrition Facts?
What nutritional facts are available for each food?
Where did this information come from?
How accurate is this nutritional information?
How come the nutritional information in Nutrition Facts doesn’t match the nutrition label on a given food?
Do you offer branding or custom versions of Nutrition Facts?
What are the minimum requirements to run Nutrition Facts?
Are Fast Food Restaurants included?
Can I add my own foods?
What was Nutrition Facts developed with?
Why is your web site called SilverTriad.com?

Answers…

What is Nutrition Facts?

Nutrition Facts is free software that provides a range of nutritional information on most foods. Here are some screenshots.

How much does Nutrition Facts cost?

There is no cost, it is free.

Why do you offer this for free?

I made Nutrition Facts for my own use, and due to it’s popularity, I started to distribute it. It also doesn’t have enough features to warrant a cost. There are no plans to charge as features are added, however, (unobtrusive) advertising may be added to future versions, to help offset the cost of development.

Why is the current version 0.9.4.x? What does this number mean?

Currently, there are several features that have not been implemented. All versions less than 1.0.0.0 are pre-release versions, and are not fully functional. The final release (1.0.0.0), will have 100% of the planned functionality. The 0.9 denotes pre-release, .3 is the release version, .x is the build number.

How often will updates be made?

There is no set schedule and since work is done on my free time, releases can be sporatic. I try to have a release every week, however one a month is usually more realistic.

How can I be notified of updates?

Join the Nutrition Facts Facebook page or sign up for the Nutrition Facts mailing list. Your email address will kept private and ONLY used for webs site or software update notifications.  An RSS feed is also available.

Who do I contact for technical support?

Currently, support is only available via email at michael@SilverTriad.com.

How many foods are in Nutrition Facts?

Approximately 7500.

What nutritional facts are available for each food?

All the information provided on most food labels, including, water, alcohol and caffeine content. Vitamin information is also provided on Vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, E, Calcium, Copper, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Phosphorus, Riboflavin, Selenium, Thiamin, and Zinc. Additional information such as Amino and Fatty acid content are coming soon.

Where did this information come from?

The data was provided in raw format from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Data Laboratory’ s (NDL) Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 23. This data is the basis for most nutritional information and is in the public domain.

How accurate is this nutritional information?

THERE IS NO GUARANTEE as to the accuracy, and you should not assume it is correct. This data should only be used as a guideline. A physician should be consulted before relying on this information for health purposes.

How come the nutritional information in Nutrition Facts doesn’t match the nutrition label on a given food?

There are several reasons why they may not match. 1) Make sure the serving sizes are the same. The default in Nutrition Facts is 100g, unless otherwise stated. 2) The foods may have been prepared differently, accounting for the differences. 3) Certain foods have variance based on where cultivated, and other factors. 4) Nutrition Facts provides more detailed data than most food labels, so due to rounding, the values may not match, or 5) One of the labels is wrong. Use the label affixed to the packaging when in doubt.

Do you offer branding or custom versions of Nutrition Facts?

Yes. If you want to replace the Nutrition Facts title with your custom name, or logo, this can be done for a fee. The fee depends on the nature of the organization, and the level of customizations required.

What are the minimum requirements to run Nutrition Facts?

You must have Microsoft’s .Net framework 2.0 installed. Most users will already have this installed if they receive automatic updated from Microsoft. .Net will run on Windows 98, ME, Windows 2000, 2003, XP, Vista and Windows 7. About 30MB of storage is required.

Are Fast Food Restaurants included?

There are currently some data from fast food restaurants, but it can be difficult to find. In a future release, most fast foods restaurant’s menus will be added.

Can I add my own foods?

Currently, no. This will be added to a future release.

What was Nutrition Facts developed with?

Microsoft Visual Studio 2010. The language is C#.

Why is your web site called SilverTriad.com?

Since I am the father of triplets, I wanted a name relating to my children. After looking at hundreds of names for a web site, most of which were taken, I settled on SilverTriad.

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