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Nutrition List - Calculating Nutrition Facts For Hubs

Updated on November 11, 2012

Recipe Hubs

HubPages has created a great new format for writing recipe hubs. With five capsule types to use, writers can now share ingredients, instructions, cooking time, a rating poll and nutritional information with ease and professionalism.

Insert some scrumptious looking photos, delicious dividers and descriptive text and you'll have an attractive, useful recipe post.



Nutritional Information

Today's cooks are educated. They are detail oriented. With health concerns and special diets to consider, they evaluate every bite. Include that information and you will have a winning hub!

A good nutrition list provides the facts that skilled readers are looking for such as number of calories, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, sugars and fats.

But how? It's not that easy. People want to know stats "per serving" so you'll need to calculate the totals for each category (calories, carbs, etc.) in the entire recipe and then divide them by the number of servings.

Calculating Nutrition Information

Thankfully, there are several good websites designed to help you determine the nutritional breakdown of each ingredient (links below). If your recipe calls for 1 T butter, you can find out just how many calories, carbohydrates, sugars, proteins, fats and fiber are contained in it.

When it comes to writing a recipe hub, though,it can be tedious work to calculate those stats by hand. Personally, I needed to simplify the work by creating a spreadsheet in which to insert the data. It is formatted to add up the totals of each category and then divide them by the number of servings in the recipe. Using a spreadsheet makes it much easier to do a thorough job.



Nutrition Worksheet

SPREADSHEET FOR YOU: Here is a link to the spreadsheet which you are free to use. Just download and save a copy to your computer. Do a "save as" for each new recipe you work.

Nutrition List Worksheet for Hubs


Snapshot of Nutrition Worksheet in Action
Snapshot of Nutrition Worksheet in Action | Source

Reading Nutrition Labels for Dummies

Nutrition List Websites

When preparing your nutritional data, be as specific as you can be. If you used smooth Jif® Peanut Butter in a cookie recipe, try to find the smooth Jif® Peanut Butter nutritional facts. Get the facts right from the label. When it comes to ingredients where a label is not available, these websites should have what you need:

And this website by the FDA supplies a detailed explanation of how to read nutrition labels: Nutrition Facts Label Programs and Materials




About The Author...

Sinea Pies is a freelance writer who writes frequently on HubPages, GVParent Magazine, WebAnswers and her own website: Ducks 'n a Row.

Photo Credits:

Apple with Nutritional Label by Stuart Miles freedigitalphotos.net

Red Apple by Salvatore Vuono freedigitalphotos.net (used in divider)

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thank you for letting me know, tillsontitan. I will.

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    Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

    Great information and helpful too. I went to download your spreadsheet though, it is gone...it has been removed. Maybe you could post it somewhere else as I can see how helpful it would be.

    Voted up and useful.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    I'll have to look it up, MazioCreate. I am ashamed to say that my technology is trapped in computers only. Too cheap to buy an Ipad or smartphone. LOL. The app sounds really great.

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    MazioCreate 5 years ago from Brisbane Queensland Australia

    Hi Siena, am wondering ig you have discovered My Fitness Pal as yet? Great APP that calculates nutritional value of dietry intake and counts those blessed calories as well. Shared and liked!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    So glad I could help! I have several older recipe hubs that need to be updated with the new format. Having this worksheet will make adding the nutritional information so much simpler.

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    RASO 5 years ago from Slovenia

    I agree with all comments written above, I write recipe hubs as well and I will use this hub for help to calculate the information needed.

    Cheers.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks Jeannieinabottle!

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    Jeannie InABottle 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    This is a really helpful hub. Not only is this great for hubbers that write recipe hubs, this is really useful when coming up with a new recipe and trying to determine the nutritional value on your own. Thanks for sharing this information!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks alifeofdesign. It truly is a task to be taken seriously. We want to give the best information that we can find. Hopefully the worksheet will make it easier for writers to add the nutritional capsule.

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    Graham Gifford 5 years ago from New Hamphire

    I've been writing a lot of recipe hubs lately and this is the capsule that I must eliminate because I just don't have the time to calculate the information. Your hub has provided me with some helpful information. I'm hoping that I will have an opportunity to return to my published hubs and tweak them and that will include adding the capsule.

    Calculating nutritional information is a bit tricky if you want to get it right and I think that for so many folks this information is critical to the health.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Anglnwu and jellygator, thank you so much for your kind comments. Hope many Hubbers find this useful in writing recipe hubs.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks Tamarawilhite.

    DzyMsLizzy, the worksheet is now posted in the older Excel format so everyone with 97-2003 version as well as the more current 2007 version should be able to access it now. Thanks for letting me know!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks so much, teaches12345.

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    Tamara Wilhite 5 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

    Excellent advice.

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    So glad you told me. I will recreate it in the older format and post it again. May take me a couple of hours, though. Big day. Check back in a few hours?

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    You're so welcome. If anyone is having problems opening the document up, just let me know. I can email it to you. It has helped me streamline the process. I think you'll like it.

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    jellygator 5 years ago from USA

    I've often wondered what methods are used to tally this information. I would have thought that different cooking methods could alter the amounts of nutrients and calories, though?

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    I voted this one way up for the useful information posted. I haven't done a recipe in awhile, but this is going in my file for the next time I do one.

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Right--I not open it--it is an "xlsx" file, and I use an older version of MSOffice, that supports only the original "xls" extension.

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    What great info! I've done only a couple of recipes, and only 2 since the new format came into use. However, I've left out the nutritional capsules for the exact reason you state. "I haven't a clue" about any of that--I only know what I read on labels, and if I made up the recipe, or used an old family one--how am I supposed to assign those values?

    Voted up, interesting, awesome, useful, shared and bookmarked!

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    anglnwu 5 years ago

    Got to bookmark this for the resources. Good to know and they will come in useful. Thanks for sharing.

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    I have wondered about this and intended to search out the topic but haven't taken the time. Thanks bunches for putting this together for us!

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Frank, Christy and randomcreative, thanks so much for your comments. Just a note: I anyone has difficulty opening the worksheet, I'll be happy to email it to them as an attachment instead.

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    Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Thanks for the resources! I'll have to give this a try sometime.

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    Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    For anyone who will write a recipe hub, this is good to know information. You outline the details very well.

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    Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

    Yeah Pies.. I like the set-up makes following and whats important to the reader ( Me ) easy thanks for the share..:) Frank

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