Online micronutrient requirement calculator?
April 24, 2014 6:39 PM Subscribe
I need an online calculator that will allow me to enter everything my child eats for the day (or week, if possible) and return a list of micronutrients her diet is deficient in, along with suggestions for foods that are particularly rich in those micronutrients. All the data I need is in self.com but collating it into the format I'm after is too time consuming to do on a regular basis, and I don't want to re-invent the wheel if I don't need to. I've searched, obviously, but the Googles, they do nothing!
posted by KathrynT to Health & Fitness (4 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My seven-year-old daughter was diagnosed with fructose malabsorption disorder last August. While we're thrilled to have an answer and a solution to her lifetime of digestive misery, the dietary restrictions involved in managing this disorder are extreme. We are working closely with her doctors and we are learning which foods are acceptable and unacceptable, so we don't need suggestions on specific foods, but the ongoing balancing of her diet is a challenge, especially with a picky seven-year-old. We also want to start teaching her how to watch her own nutrients and give her choices about meet her nutritional needs.
What I am looking for is one simple front-end source that will let me plug in what she's eating now and identify major nutritional holes, with suggestions of what I can use to plug those holes and still have a prayer of not throwing her digestion off. Nutrition apps like MyFitnessPal seem to only let me track 3 or 4 nutrients at a time. My hope is that by giving her a list of foods to choose from, she can gain a better understanding and sense of control, and might be more willing to try new things.