How to Conduct a Brand Name Search
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Use the Brand Name search to list all the foods of a particular brand name. Use this search option to locate and display the foods associated with a particular brand name (i.e., Burger King, Quaker, Kashi, etc.).

Select this Search Type from the drop down menu. Mark your checkboxes to include the databases you want to include in your search. In this example, we check the Brand database option. This means you will not be locating hits from the USDA database or the Canadian database. (You can include these databases by marking their checkboxes.)

Type in your “search string.” Your search string should be the brand name you seek. In this example, let’s search for “taco bell.” (Restaurants are brand names.)

Click the “Search” button and NutriBase will search the Brand Name column of every food category in the selected database (the “Brand Name database” in this example) and display all the hits that contain the characters in your search string.

In this example, NutriBase will search the Brand Name column of the Brand nutrient database and display all the foods that contain “Taco Bell” in that column. Your search results screen will display a listing of all the Taco Bell foods contained in the NutriBase Brand Name database.

If you search on just one word - “Taco” - you will locate hits for Taco Bell, Del Taco, Taco John, etc.

In general, the shorter your search string, the more hits you will locate. To get more hits, make your search string shorter. To reduce the number of hits, narrow your searches by using longer search strings or more words. When you use more than one word, you will locate hits that contain all the words in any order.

If you fail to locate suitable brand name hits, try selecting another database to search across. Each new release of the USDA database contains more brand name data. And you have the option to search the brand name data column in both the USDA database and the Brand Name database at the same time if you want to - just tag both checkboxes and conduct your search.

After you display your Search Results, you can click any column header to sort all the displayed data from high-to-low based on the values in that column. (This is a very popular feature.) Click the same column header again to reverse the sort order. You can do this for any nutrient.

To add one of the displayed Food Items to a Food Log, Recipe, Meal, or Meal Plan (depending on which NutriBase window you happen to be in), highlight it then:

  1. Drag and drop it into the food list in the upper left of this window, or
  2. Right click and select the option to "Add selected item."

When you point your mouse over your Search Results and right click, you get the following menu.

This menu gives you a variety of options:

The Auto Search option tells NutriBase to reconduct the previous search when you select another Food Category.

The Search Footer option allows you to search for strings within your search results if desired.

Hide/Show nutrients allows you to select which nutrients you want to display in your Search Results.

Reset columns returns your nutrient columns to their original default positions (after you have rearranged them by dragging and dropping them into a new sequence).

Show 100 gram serving sizes allows you determine whether you want to display food items with serving sizes of 100 grams. 100 gram serving sizes are the most common serving sizes in the USDA and Canadian databases. Many users don't want them displayed because they take up a lot of vertical display space and they make it more difficult to locate the more commonly used serving sizes.

Add selected Item adds the selected item to your Food Log, Recipe, Meal, etc.

Selecting Item details shows all the data for the selected food item in a single screen view. (You can also do this by simply double-clicking any food item.)

Add to PFI will transfer the selected food item and add it to your Personal Foods as a PFI. (You can go back to it later and edit it as desired.)

Item cost allows you to add the cost of any highlighted food item.

Print allows you to access a variety of printing options.

This topic updated 07/22/2015

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