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Features

You'll find some of DataYourEat's features below. This is not a complete list, but it does highlight special attributes that differentiate DataYourEat from other recipe pages.

Search

Keywords

Results have to include (or, if they start with a -, exclude) all of the submitted keywords.
Keywords can occur in any of the following:
  • Title
  • List of ingredients (for recipes)
  • Directions (for recipes)

Food type

Results can be recipes, basic foods, or either. By default, results only include recipes. You can specify which kinds of foods you want to find as follows:
t:recipe
recipes only
t:basic_food
basic food items only
t:all
both recipes and basic food items

Food category

To help find the right sort of food, recipes have categories, such as starters, mains, desserts, or snacks. You can specify which categories of foods you want to find as follows:
category:starter
find recipes for starters
We currently support the following categories: Breakfast (category:breakfast) , Drink (category:drink) , Starter (category:starter) , Salad (category:salad) , Soup (category:soup) , Side (category:side) , Main (category:main) , Sauce (category:sauce) , Snack (category:snack) , Dessert (category:dessert) , Baked Good (category:baked_goods) , Raw (category:raw) , Meal Prep (category:meal_prep)

Ingredients

You can search for recipes that include or exclude specific ingredients.
i:foodId
Results use the ingredient with the specified id.
The food's id is part of the URL for its detail page: datayoureat.com/r/foodId/foodTitle, so you can copy it from your browser's address bar. There are also a search links on the detail pages of basic recipes and food items. Note that non-basic recipes cannot be used as an ingredient, so the link is omitted there.
-i:foodId
Results do not use the ingredient with the specified id.

Nutrients

The nutrition facts of results have to meet specific criteria. You can restrict by

Fat, e.g.

fat:<3g or f:<3g
no more than 3 g of fat per serving
fat:>42% or f:>42p
at least 42% of calories come from fat

Carbohydrates, e.g.

carbs:<3g or c:<3g
no more than 3 g of carbohydrates per serving
carbs:>42% or c:>42p
at least 42% of calories come from carbohydrates

Net carbs (carbohydrates excluding polyols and dietary fiber), e.g.

netcarbs:<3g or nc:<3g
no more than 3 g of net carbs per serving
netcarbs:>42% or nc:>42p
at least 42% of calories come from net carbs

Protein, e.g.

protein:<3g or p:<3g
no more than 3 g of protein per serving
protein:>42% or p:>42p
at least 42% of calories come from protein

Fructose, e.g.

fruct:<3g
no more than 3 g of fructose per serving
f/g:<1.2
the fructose to glucose ratio is at most 1.2
The sections on nutrition facts and on calories on the Our Data page give more details on what data these operate.

Allergens

You can specify which allergens must not be included in results.
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If you are logged in, you can also specify allergens you always want to avoid when searching for foods. You can specify these in your preferences.

Search profiles

For increased accessibility, we have added some search profiles:
vegan
This ensures search results do not contain ingredients that are tagged to include animal products, such as meat, crustaceans, fish, molluscs, eggs, dairy and honey.
vegeterian
This ensures search result do not contain ingredients that are tagged to include meat, crustaceans, fish or molluscs.
keto
There are different definitions of what a ketogenic diet constitutes. This search profile only allows results where at most 10% of calories come from carbs (including fiber and polyols) and at most 30% of calories come from protein. This is a somewhat looser definition that the sometimes suggested 5% of calories from carbs, 20% of calories from protein and 75% of calories from fat. As one recipe will usually not be the only meal of the day, though, we use looser presets. For the same reason, we do not limit the grams of carbs in this search profile. You can of course adjust the percentages to your liking.
low-carb
Low-carb does not have a clear definition, but generally a low-carb diet allows more carbohydrates than the ketogenic diet, and may not restrict protein intake at all. Our search profile reflects this by limiting search results to foods where at most 30% of calories come from carbohydrates (including fiber and polyols). For stricter or looser definitions simply use your preferred values.
low-fructose
This search profile only includes results where our data suggests one serving includes at most 3 grams of fructose, and where the ratio of fructose to glucose is at most 1.2. Especially people with fructose malabsorption may find this search profile helpful. Some fructose malabsorbers can tolerate more or less fructose. You can tweak the values as suits your requirements best.

Recipe and basic food pages

Pie charts

For a quick overview of where calories come from, we generate pie charts. Here's an example one:
Alcohol
Fat
Net Carbs
Polyols
Fiber
Protein

Recipe pages

You can customize recipe pages, even if you do not have a user account on DataYourEat:If you are logged in, you can additionally
  • directly see quantities and temperatures in the system you saved in your preferences
  • add the recipe to one of your cookbooks using the playlist_add icon
  • rate the recipe
  • add your own recipe photos using the add_a_photo icon

Basic food pages

You can also customize basic food pages:
  • convert a quantity to an equivalent amount with a different unit (e.g. from oz to g, from ml to cup); you can also convert between volume and weight (e.g. from cup to g) if the food item includes the necessary conversion factor
  • adjust the quantity for which to show nutrition facts
  • view more detailed nutrition facts
If you are logged in, you can additionally
  • add the food item to one of your cookbooks using the playlist_add icon
  • rate the food item
  • add your own food photos using the add_a_photo icon

Content creation

If you are logged in, you can add new basic foods and recipes and create cookbooks.

Basic foods

What it is
Food that can be bought.
When creating a basic food item, you need to provide
  • A title describing the food as best as possible
  • Allergens included in the food
  • Conversion factors, specifying how to convert between volume and weight, and how much one piece weighs for countable food
  • Nutrition facts; at the very least fat, carbs, dietary fiber and protein
We have implemented an easy way for you to import nutrition facts from the USDA Food Composition Databases, which includes over 9000 food entries.
What it's used for
  • as an ingredient for recipes
  • to be consumed as is
Who can access it
All basic food items are public and can be searched for and viewed by all visitors of DataYourEat. Additionally, all logged in users can use them as ingredients in their recipes.
Who can add photos
Anyone can add photos to it.
Only you (the content creator) can pick the food's main photo by clicking the heart icon on it. The main photo is also the one shown in search results.

Recipes

What it is
Recipes have lists of ingredients and usually preparation directions.
When creating a recipe, you need to provide
  • A title describing the recipe as best as possible
  • Whether it is a basic recipes. Basic recipes can be used as ingredients in other recipes, but they cannot use other basic recipes themselves.
  • Number of servings and (optional, but strongly recommended) a description of the serving size
  • The list of ingredients and corresponding quantities. Ingredients can be basic food items or basic recipes.
  • Preparation directions (optional, but strongly recommended)
Allergens and nutrition facts are automatically determined based on the ingredients.
What it's used for
  • as a guide to prepare food, usually combining multiple ingredients
  • for basic recipes: as an ingredient for non-basic recipes
Who can access it
You can specify who can access the recipes you added to DataYourEat:
public
everyone can find and view the recipe; basic recipes can also be used as ingredients in recipes created by logged in users
unlisted
only people with the link can view the recipe; basic recipes cannot be added as an ingredient in other recipes
private
only you (the content creator) can view the recipe when logged in
Who can add photos
Anyone who can access the recipe page can add photos to it.
Only you (the content creator) can pick the recipe's main photo by clicking the heart icon on it. The main photo is also the one shown in search results.

Cookbooks

What it is
Cookbooks are lists of food items and recipes.
What it's used for
Cookbooks help you save and categorize foods on DataYourEat.
Who can access it
Just like with recipes, you can specify who can access your cookbooks:
public
everyone can view the cookbook; it is additionally listed on your public profile page
unlisted
only people with the link can view the cookbook
private
only you (the content creator) can view the cookbook when logged in