Tips, calculator precision, assumptions, calculator data:
If you don't know how to start
If you don't have a clue what your diet should look like, you can start creating
your diet with the most perfect
fruit combinations, some raw nuts and some fresh raw animal food (egg-yolks
or fish). Then submit your
version of the diet to this calculator. If you then think your diet is low in a certain nutrient, then you check this
list , in which, per nutrient, the foods are listed that contain the most of
each specific nutrient, so that you can start eating one of the foods listed to
improve your diet.
Warning: do not use calculator for processed foods
All data (unless specified otherwise) is for food that is: raw, never
frozen, never cooked, not dried, etc. In other words, minimum
processing involved, fresh items. The data is for non-organic items
(unless specified otherwise). The nutritional quality is likely to
improve for organic counterparts.
Using the calculator for processed foods will lead to unreliable
results. Food such as canned tuna, boiled eggs, canned fruits, has
different, and worse nutritional quality than their fresh counterparts
Where is my favourite fruit/fish/nut?
If you cannot find it on the selection box, we can add it for you (as long as we can find the data). Please send your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When cups unit is available for large fruits, the cups are considered
to be filed with finely sliced, diced fruits. For small items such as
almonds, Brazil nuts, they are filled with whole items. For items
like avocado, and banana with mashed items.
Walnut, and pecan units are equal to two halves!
Choosing the best unit for an item
The main unit for an item (indicated with
<- on the
selection boxes) is the most precise unit to be used, as others are
based on it.
If you want to enter half (1/2) a fruit, just choose on the unit
selection box: "units", and enter quantity ".5", the
same applies for other fractions: ".3333".
When entering weights, enter netto weights (excluding the weight of
the peel, pips, seeds, bones, etc).
The weight estimated for one unit of each food, is the medium weight
of a reasonable sample, sometimes sizes are available as units (eg for
banana, small, medium, large).
Data sources/missing data
Every effort has been made to provide complete data. Sometimes data
from one source is complemented with data from the other source (eg
, meaning main data-source is , complemented when data not
available with ).
Still, there is important data missing. For instance, seafood
is a good source of iodide, but most fish listed had no available
Pay attention to the missing data messages, they will give you a hint
about how complete the results are. Even using the best data sources
for nutrition on earth, there is still a lot of information missing.
 The USDA
Nutrient Database (specified as ).
 Souci, Fachmann and Kraut, Food Composition and Nutrition Tabels, Medpharm
Scientific Publishers Stuttgart (specified as ).
 Tomatoes lycopene data
 Japanese RDAs, 6th revision: http://eishoku.bcasj.or.jp/topicsfig/tipics001.html
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