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For all the really good sports nutrition professionals out there…

Ever feel frustrated about the inability to see what actually is in a product?  As nutrition professionals we are centered on finding out what nutrients are best and in what amounts.  After we figure this out for our clients, now the challenge remains in finding foods that have these nutirents in the right amounts.  What about calculating the nutrients in a recipe or meal or even whole day of meals or a menu?  Well here is the answer:

All you need is the $5 TriSystem software. It has the USDA Database of foods and a whole lot more.  Currently the list is at 15,362 foods and growing.  If the food is not in the database, you can add it with this form.

Now the problem with the FDA Food label is that some nutrients are listed as Percentages of the Recommended Daily Allowance.  What the heck are thos daily values?  Well rather than having to look them up, our software just asks for the percentages.  Well if you must know, here is the latest list of the most common nutrients showing 100%:

The latest place the FDA has this on the web is the following URL.  Be aware that the FDA website is known for moving things around a lot so if the link doesnt show the information, the chart below is current as of the date of this post.

http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/GuidanceDocuments/FoodLabelingNutrition/FoodLabelingGuide/ucm064928.htm

Food Component

DV

Total Fat

65 grams (g)

Saturated Fat

20 g

Cholesterol

300 milligrams (mg)

Sodium

2,400 mg

Potassium

3,500 mg

Total Carbohydrate

300 g

Dietary Fiber

25 g

Protein

50 g

Vitamin A

5,000 International Units (IU)

Vitamin C

60 mg

Calcium

1,000 mg

Iron

18 mg

Vitamin D

400 IU

Vitamin E

30 IU

Vitamin K

80 micrograms µg

Thiamin

1.5 mg

Riboflavin

1.7 mg

Niacin

20 mg

Vitamin B6

2 mg

Folate

400 µg

Vitamin B12

6 µg

Biotin

300 µg

Pantothenic acid

10 mg

Phosphorus

1,000 mg

Iodine

150 µg

Magnesium

400 mg

Zinc

15 mg

Selenium

70 µg

Copper

2 mg

Manganese

2 mg

Chromium

120 µg

Molybdenum

75 µg

Chloride

3,400 mg

Now you can add new food items and input the exact nutrient value.  This is great because now you can get an accurate Nutrition Analysis of any food, recipe, meal or menu.  Check it out:

Now Get Busy helping people learn what's in what they are eating!

Jeff Kotterman

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