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 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!

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.
posted by KathrynT to Health & Fitness (3 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
USDA super tracker will show micronutrients though I'm not sure if it will highlight deficiencies. It might if you personalize it -- I use it to create my tube-fed daughter's diet but I haven't created a profile to track things long term.
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 7:08 PM on April 24, 2014

Response by poster: WCityMike, I think that's what I need. It doesn't suggest foods, but I can probably hack that together from
posted by KathrynT at 8:50 AM on April 25, 2014

The Nutrition Analysis Tool does this, including suggesting foods that contain missing nutrients. Some years ago it assured me that my child's somewhat limited diet was fine.
posted by Ery at 12:10 PM on April 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

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