How Ingredient Search Results are Returned

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How Ingredient Search Results are Returned

Both the Genesis R&D Food and Food Processor programs come with an extensive nutrition database populated with more than 72,000 foods. Additionally, users can add an unlimited number of foods and ingredients.

Given the sheer size of the database, you might want to learn how to narrow your list of food/ingredient results when creating a recipe. We recommend these posts: Searching Tips blog and our Tips and Tricks for More Effective Searches webinar.

But first, it’s helpful to understand how the search results are returned. The order is as follows:

  1. Frequently Used
  2. User-Added
  3. Everything Else

Frequently Used and User-Added

When you search for and select a database item (add to a recipe or a meal plan), on two or more occasions, the program considers the item to be frequently used.  Frequently used items will appear near or at the top of subsequent search results lists.

In the example shown below, (1) apple, boiled, sliced, peeled, from fresh, (2) apple, fresh, chopped, (3) apple, fresh, small, 2 3/4″, (4) applesauce, canned, sweetened are followed by (5) apple recipe test (a user-added recipe-indicated in purple) and (6) apple test (a user-added ingredient-indicated in dark green).

Note: If you frequently use a user-added Recipe or Ingredient, it will appear at the top in as a frequently-used item.

Everything Else

The “everything else” aspect is a little more complicated given the meticulous and descriptive naming conventions we use for the food items in the database. The characteristics or defining terms of food items are in sections separated by commas, in order of importance.  The search engine, therefore, returns results based on the characteristic section in which your search term appears PLUS the alphabetic order of the item.

Again, the order for “everything else” is governed by

  • where the word you searched for appears in the name of the food item, and
  • the alphabetical order of the first word in the name of the food item.

Here you can see what that looks like:

Note that adam’s apple is listed above apple flakes. In both cases, apple appears before the first comma, but adam comes before apple alphabetically.
To review, if you search for an ingredient “apple” with no other filters, your list of results will show:

  1. Frequently used database foods
  2. User-added Ingredients and Recipes
  3. Ingredients where “apple” appears before the first comma, in alphabetic order
  4. Ingredients where “apple” appears between the first and second commas, in alphabetic order
  5. And so forth.

Note: “Apple” may appear as a whole word or as part of a words, such as “pineapple” or “applesauce.”
Here’s an example of the top results when searching for “apple” without any other filters or search modifiers:

Again, this is using the basic search method. The program offers you many options for refining your search results, which will narrow down the list considerably. The order of returns, however, remains the same.