Where possible, each recipe is given a nutrition profile. This is calculated using software based on generic ingredients and the weights given in the recipe. They are, therefore, an estimation only.
Firstly, it’s important to note that the nutrition information is for the recipe only (ie, the listed ingredients). It does not include any accompaniments (such as rice, bread or side dishes).
There are a number of factors that can influence the nutrition profile of a recipe:
- The portion sizes: you may dish yourself up a larger or smaller portion than the recipe has calculated.
- Ingredients: Brands will differ in amount of nutrients in their products. For example, with coconut milk, you may use a brand that has a higher or lower coconut extract content. This will influence the fat profile.
- Substitutions: you may use different ingredients than the recipe suggests, this will alter the nutrition estimation.
- Freshness: fruits and vegetables vary in their nutrient content due to storage (length of time and method), the way they are grown among other factors.
- Processing: different processing methods influence the nutrition profile of many different foods, such as steaming, frying etc. Pre-cut vegetables will have a lower nutrient profile than vegetables bought in their whole form.
The reader is therefore advised to use the nutrition information as an estimation only. Whilst the writer is a university-qualified nutritionist, this site is not offering any dietary advice and should not be construed as such.