New Calorie Counter (NCC) invites you to search its food database containing thousands of food entries by simply typing a query and clicking the Search button. Here are some basic tips to help you maximize the effectiveness of your search:
All searches are NOT case sensitive. All letters, regardless of how you type them, will return the same results. E.g.: searches for 'whole milk', 'Whole Milk', and 'WhOlE mIlK' will all return the same results.
By default every word in a query is optional. E.g.: search for 'apple banana' will return food items that contain at least one of the two words.
If you want to get the results that must contain a specific word - use a leading plus sign. This indicates that the word MUST be present in each returned food item. E.g.: searches for '+apple +juice' will return food items that contain both words.
If you want to narrow your search results down by excluding some specific word - use a leading minus sign. A leading minus sign indicates that this word MUST NOT be present in the search results. E.g.: search for '+apple -juice' will return food items that contain the word "apple" but not "juice".
You can use parentheses to group words into subexpressions. Parenthesized groups can be nested.
You can use asterisk as the truncation (or wildcard) operator. E.g.: searches for 'apple*' will return results that contain words such as "apple", "apples", "applesauce", or "apple-cinnamon".
Sometimes you'll only want results that include an exact phrase. In this case, simply put quotation marks around your search terms. E.g.: searches for '"hot mustard sauce"' will return the results that contain the exact phrase "hot mustard sauce".