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Can You Tell Me About Nutritics?

I’m thinking about using Nutritics for my nutrient analysis, rather than some of the free options like SparkPeople or FitDay. NutritionData still seems to be very popular, too, but they don’t keep up with new versions of the USDA database (currently on Release 28). The fine print at NutritionData shows they use Release 21. FitDay doesn’t say.

I looked up two cups of broccoli florets at FitDay and NutritionData, and was surprised to see zero grams of fiber. How could that be correct? Nutritics shows 3.3 grams, as does the USDA Nutrient Database. I believe Nutritics and USDA on this one. The free nutrient analysis tools you find on the internet all use some version of the USDA database as far as I know.

Click the link below to see Nutritics’ report.

In that report you’ll see “%RI”, which I assume is short for  percentage of Dietary Reference Intake. The National Health Institutes defines DRI or Dietary Reference Intake:

DRI is the general term for a set of reference values used to plan and assess nutrient intakes of healthy people. These values, which vary by age and gender, include:

  • Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA): average daily level of intake sufficient to meet the nutrient requirements of nearly all (97%-98%) healthy people.

  • Adequate Intake (AI): established when evidence is insufficient to develop an RDA and is set at a level assumed to ensure nutritional adequacy.

  • Tolerable Upper Intake Level (UL): maximum daily intake unlikely to cause adverse health effects.

So what does Nutritics mean by %RI? I don’t know yet.

Any comments on Nutritics, or your source for nutritional analysis?

Steve Parker, M.D.

Mediterranean Diet Tied With DASH Diet as Overall Best in U.S. New and World Report

The Mediterranean diet is rich in plants, nuts, legumes, fruits, vegetables, seafood, and judicious amounts of wine.

“Best Diets Overall are ranked for safe and effective weight loss, how easy it is to follow, heart health and diabetes help and nutritional completeness.”

Source: Best Diets Overall : Rankings | US News Best Diets

Don’t Eat Feed; Eat Food

Future Feed

From Hawaiian Libertarian:

“Food is grown, raised, harvested and processed — and if not consumed while fresh — preserved in as natural and organic a state as possible to keep most of it’s nutritious and nourishing qualities intact.

Feed is mass produced by a few large multinational corporations line using bio-technological innovations to quickly and efficiently manufacture product units ready for global distribution and a near infinite shelf life. Its primary traits are using genetically modified grain products to create a marketable product that is usually adulterated with preservatives and flavor enhancements that give it a long shelf life in airtight packaging and designed in a laboratory to stimulate the taste buds to fool the human body into thinking it’s something good for you.

But above all, the primary difference between Food and Feed can be discerned by this: most real food requires little (if any) corporate mass media marketing campaigns to sell product and expand market shares and waistlines alike.”

Source: Hawaiian libertarian: FEED Inc. & The Corporate Campaign Dialectic

Are You Serious About Losing Weight in 2018?

Then you better start preparing. Read this.

“Hmmm…What’s the best way to lose weight?”


Remember the Reason for the Season

Stained glass window created by F. Zettler (1878-1911) at the German Church (St. Gertrude’s church) in Gamla Stan in Stockholm, depicting a Nativity Scene.

My Wife Unboxes an Anova Precision Cooker

My wife got interested in the sous vide cooking method last year. She gave her original Anova cooker away to someone and replaced it with another brand that broke and shocked her, literally. We just got our new Anova and made this unboxing video.

We’ve noticed in our corner of the universe that steaks are getting more expensive. Sous vide cooking allows us to use cheaper and tougher cuts of meat and it comes out very tender. The method often yields foods that are also more flavorful and juicier compared to other cooking styles.

Las Vegas Shooting: Does This Make Me a Conspiracy Theorist?

I heard about the shooting on TV around two hours after it started at 2210 hrs Oct 1. By three hours after start there were already eye-witness videos posted on Twitter. I listened to several of them and posted this at 1 AM Oct 2: