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How to Get Nutrition Info for Recipes That Don’t Come with It

You know that cooking is a great way to eat healthier and drop a few pounds. But sometimes—particularly when you’re counting calories—it can seem easier to pick up something from a restaurant that provides nutrition info than to whip up a meal for which you won’t have any stats you can keep track of. Enter the recipe analysis tool from the site calorie count.

Other sites have similar capabilities, but the nice thing about this one is that you can literally copy and paste the ingredients section of the recipe into a text box, then specify how many servings you’ll be splitting the recipe into, and voila—you get a full nutrition label, along with an analysis of the recipe’s good points (like whether it’s low in sugar or particularly high in a certain nutrient) and bad ones (like if it’s high in sodium or saturated fat).

Granted, the recipe analysis isn’t perfect—it doesn’t take the cooking method into account, and that can definitely affect nutritional content. What’s more, it doesn’t always pull the most appropriate form of the ingredient you’re using (for instance, it might assume you meant dried lentils when you actually got them from a can).

But it’s still a pretty great way to get ballpark estimates on how much fat, trans fat, fiber, and more is in a recipe.

Source: Women`s Health Magazine