How FoodCare Calculates Nutrition Guidelines for Individual Users

When a FoodCare Profile is created for a user (either by the consumer or an RD) we receive basic anthropometric data (height, weight, age), activity level, weight loss goal, health conditions, allergies, and diet preferences (vegetarian, vegan).

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FoodCare Pro 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. 

If a user has no health conditions selected, the Healthy People guidelines from USDA Healthy People 2010 will be applied to each recipe, restaurant item and packaged good the user views.  If a user has selected a 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 American Diabetes Association applied, or a user with hypertension will have guidelines provided by the NIH 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.  

Recipes, restaurant items and packaged goods are then scored 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 Scoring Legend Below)  In addition, the entire recipe, dish or 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. Recipes, restaurant items and packaged goods containing foods 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.

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About Customized Guidelines

When a Registered Dietitian creates a customized guideline for a client, our system creates a unique guideline record for that individual user's FoodCare Profile. It then takes between 3-5 minutes for 100% of the food items in our database to be analyzed for the users Customized Guidelines.

From then on, whenever an item is added to our database, it will be analyzed for this individual users guidelines (as well as for everyone else).