Likes, Dislikes, and Excludes: How They Work

Credit: Jocelyn Robancho & Griffin Johnston

Credit: Jocelyn Robancho & Griffin Johnston

See more of what you like. Less of what you don’t. And never anything you exclude.
The Food Personality profile essentially boils down to ‘likes,’ ‘dislikes,’ and ‘excludes’ that are complied to create a personal filter  just for you! Here’s how it’s done:

1. The ‘Exclude’ Filter
All the recipes that contain an item from your exclude list are removed from your queue of potential recipe suggestions. From cuisines, individual ingredients, and classifications to  methods, difficulty, and cook.prep time, if it’s on the list, it’s removed immediately.

2. The ‘Like’ Boost
Items that you have ‘liked’ are given a positive ‘boost’ so that recipes with these ingredients appear more often. You might even see a number of recipes that contain a combination of ingredients and criteria from your ‘like’ list.

If you ‘liked’ an item that also is associated with something in the exclude filter, you won’t find that item in any of your suggested recipes. For example, if you excluded grains but liked pasta, the only noodle dishes you might see will be made from julienned zucchini or kelp.

3. The Penalty List
Your ‘dislike’ list tells us about the things that you aren’t crazy about but will still eat on occasion. Items on this list are given a penalty (think negative weight). Recipes that contain these items may appear in your suggestions, but will not outshine recipes that have a boost.

4. Remaining Neutral
Items that are neither liked, disliked, or excluded are neutral.You could eat them, or you could not, it’s all the same.  Neutral ingredients, cuisines, and methods will appear in your suggestions less often than recipes with a boost and more often than those with a penalty.

When it comes to food preferences, we want our users to have the flexibility to express the complexity of what they like to eat. Are you a vegetarian that likes to gorge on a hamburger once in a blue moon? Do you eat Paleo, but love cheese so much that you eat it sparingly? Perhaps you identify as a pescatarian because you prefer to eat fish the majority of the time, but still want to see a chicken stir-fry or filet mignon recipe on occasion. We understand that following a diet to the T isn’t always in line with our lifestyles. So, how can you set up your Food Personality profile to reflect your unique tastes? Look for our post titled The Diet Platform on December 28, 2013.

By Jocelyn Robancho

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