How Our Guidelines System Works
First, we create a FoodCare Profile for the user
When a FoodCare Profile is created for a user (either by the consumer or an RD/nutritionist) we receive basic anthropometric data (height, weight, age), activity level, weight loss goal, health conditions, allergies, and diet preferences (vegetarian, vegan). Then we assign clinical dietary guidelines to the user from major health associations, institutes, and clinical sources for a variety of chronic diseases (see below).
Next, we perform energy expenditure calculations
FoodCare uses the Mifflin St. Jeor calculation for daily Estimated Energy Expenditure and an activity factor to determine the user’s energy needs. Moderate to Aggressive weight loss factors can be applied, subtracting 250, 500, 750 or 1000 kcals/day from a user’s daily Estimated Energy Expenditure. FoodCare is programmed to prevent total daily energy intake from going below 1200 kcals/day for woman or 1500 kcals/day for men despite any weight loss factor chosen.
Then we assign dietary guidelines
If a user has no health conditions selected, the Healthy People guidelines from USDA Healthy People 2010 will be applied to each recipe, meal, restaurant item and packaged good the user views. If a user has selected a chronic health condition, daily nutrition guidelines provided by an appropriate health association will be applied.
For example, a user with diabetes will have guidelines provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics applied, or a user with hypertension will have guidelines provided by the NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute applied. A user with multiple conditions will have a combination of guidelines applied, with the strictest nutrient guidelines taking precedent.
Per meal values are determined by dividing the daily value by 30% per meal, plus 10% allowances per day for snacks.
Finally, we perform Nutrition Insight™ analysis
Food items are then analyzed based on the individual user’s profile. Total kcals and each individual nutrient are reviewed and scored separately. Our scoring system gives the highest score to kcals and nutrients within the recommended range, with progressively lower scoring as they become further and further outside of the recommended range. (See Legend)
In addition, the entire food item is given an overall score based on the totals of the individual nutrient and kcal scores using the same scoring symbols in the legend. Food items containing ingredients to be avoided due to allergies or diet preferences will automatically fail and the user will see a Red X and warning about the item (provided we are already supporting that allergen; if you have a special case, please call us so that we can have our data analysts prioritize your clients needs).
Customizing client guidelines
Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists are able to customize dietary guidelines for their clients. RDs that have been verified (via their CDR#) are able to customize guidance for all macro and micro nutrients, along with all food preferences available in the system.
Nutritionists are able adjust Calories, Carbs, Fat, Protein and Sodium, and are as well able to adjust food preferences.
Once guidelines are customized, the system will process new Nutrition Insights™ for the client whenever they look at the nutrition of any food item. Please refer to FoodCare Pro™ documentation to learn more details about customizing guidelines.
Please note that once a user is connected to an RD and under their care, only that RD can change the users Dietary Guidelines. The FoodCare system will turn off automatic dietary guideline assignment and completely defer to the guidance of the RD. However, the system will continue to automatically process guideline adjustments (for example, based on a user changing their health conditions or disease stages), if they are connected to a nutritionist or a caregiver.