Feature update: Suggest a food, brand, portion or image

One of the most requested features on foodzone is the ability to have more brand foods and common health foods like coconut butter.

This has been difficult to do as most food labels do not have all the nutrients in the government database. So Omega3 and zinc for emaple would be missing and we would lose the main benefit of foodzone.

The solution is to match the missing nutrients to the closest match in the government database. You can read more about how we do this here http://help.foodzone.io/en/articles/3866225-suggesting-new-foods-brands-portions-and-images.

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Written by Duncan Hunter

Foodzone v2 released!

We are super excited to release the second version of foodzone. It is a completely new system from the ground up and has allowing us to add some cool new features and create the opportunity for more.

You can get started at https://foodzone.io

New features:

  • Drag and drop foods between days
  • Multi day view
  • Sharing diaries with others
  • New database including FoodFiles and Australian Food Composition (aka NUTTAB)
  • Custom targets
  • Monthly subscriptions
  • Faster food entry
  • Timezone aware diaries
  • Gmail and Facebook login and better password reset
  • Responsive layout works on a phone

Road map to the future:

  • Recipes including reports and images
  • Mobile app for client entry
  • Brand foods and user suggestions
  • Meal plans
  • Exercise recording

The old system will still be available to those who had an account from before at https://legacy.foodzone.com.au. The data will not be synced to the new system and we plan to turn it off at the end of the year so best to not use it from now on.

Thanks to the foodzone team including Duncan Hunter, Michael De Marco, Frank Xie, Wai Liu and the many others who helped test and provide feedback along the way! In particular a huge thank you to Michael who over many fun days of coding and rockclimbing did a lot of the work and design of the new system.

Duncan and Michael taking a break from coding to climb at Bungonia National Park.

Public beta testing

Foodzone would love your help to test the new site

WARNING: This is a beta test meaning we will delete all date every two weeks. The current foodzone.com.au data will not be deleted.

The next version of foodzone with a new url foodzone.io needs your help to iron out all the bugs.

We would also love all you feedback and votes for new features. Please go to https://foodzone.uservoice.com/forums/165717-submit-an-idea add suggestions or just email [email protected].

Getting started Video


How to get get access

New Users

If you do not have an existing account you can just choose a sign in method and get started.

Existing Users

If you do have an existing account with data it has all been copied over and you will need a new password which you can reset by email. To get a new password you can click on the trouble signing in? link once you select login with email.

You can also just email [email protected]

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Next Government database the Australian Food Composition Database (previously called NUTTAB)

The new Australian Food Composition Database will replace the old NUTTAB database.

The Australian Food Composition Database (previously called NUTTAB) is a reference database that contains data on the nutrient content of Australian foods. It is referred to as a reference database because it contains mostly analysed data. Only a small proportion of data in the database come from other sources such as recipe calculations, food labels, imputing from similar foods or by borrowing from other countries.

You can read more about the new database here http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/science/monitoringnutrients/afcd/Pages/default.aspx

What does this mean for foodzone?

  • The new database has vitamin D missing from AUSNUT the main database used by foodzone.
  • Being a reference database it has fewer items but they come from mostly analysed data, leading to higher accuracy.
  • Some student foodzone users are requested to use NUTTAB and can now use the new version of it.
  • The id used to reference the foods is going to be compatible with other Australian government databases so we can share images and extra info/brand food matches with all Australian databasaes.

You can try it out now in the new foodzone version by going to a user or assessments profile page and choosing the database from the settings tab.