General help

Why sorting "per calorie" and why default ?

If you check food for a nutrient ("good stuff"), not per weight, but per calory, there are two possible benifits you get by this, knowing that we only need a certain calory of food per day.
  1. You can evade too much of food that looks healthy, but contains too much calories (often fat).
    Best example: Nuts contain many proteins and amino acids, but using them only for your protein intake, will make you eat way too much fat.
  2. Low calory food seem to have not much nutrients at all on a first look (by weight), but we can eat more of it and so we would get more nutrients from it.
    Best examples: Food with a lot of water. (Fruits, vegetables, ..) Food that some cultures are not used to eat unless in small quantities. (Herbs, ..).

What is "Combined sort" ?

If you sort food by several elements, it often doesn't make any difference beyond the first sort field. This is because when the first field is very precise, it takes precedence in sorting over all the others. So maybe after 100 or 1000 records, the sorting of the next field will count, and then the next and so on. And with nutrional values, most fields are very precise!
That's where "combine sort" comes into play. It makes all fields less precise, it rounds it of.
The less percentage you choose, the more the first fields matter and the less they all matter together.

What does the filter "No concentrates" do ?

This filters out very concentrated and/or processed food since they are often not what we desire to search for, especially when we are searching for certain nutrients-rich daily ingredients. In the latter case, we would get all these concentrates at the top results, crowding the more interesting results.
It's actually just a pre-defined word filter, which filter words such as..
Flour, isolate, concentrate, meal, powder, dried, extract-wheat, agent, unprepared, enriched, dehydrated

Why are you listing EPA and DHA ? Are they important?

EPA and DHA, the second and third form of omega−3 fatty acids involved in human physiology, are much less found in non-animal products, namely seaweed. And though the human body can produce them from the first one (ALA), it differs individually and is very limited. Recent research have shown they are pretty important ins several domains. Most know against heart diseases and for mental health.  

How do I track my daily or weekly nutrition?

You can use recipes for that. You see, a recipe doesn't need to be one meal, you can add to it everything you eat for one day/week and have a look at it at the end of the day/week. This is a good way to track which nutrition you are regularly missing.

Aren't requirements dependent on your profile ?

O yes, they are! That's why we have that profile icon in the top right corner! Check it out!

Can I use search operators ?

Yes, you can! The search offers:
  • OR: e.g. bagel OR donut will results in bagels and donuts
  • quotes: e.g. "almond milk" wil only give results with the exact words in that order.
  • - (minus):e.g. -raw will not give results where the word "raw" occurss

Why is food shown with different weights on the food detail page instead of all the same (e.g. 100g)?

Because it's a common mistake to compare foods with the same weight. What you should compare is the nutrient value for the same calories! So, if a weight is not specificly chosen, we default the weight to one third of your daily calorie needs. Unless it becomes very big (e.g. with herbs), then we put it to a certain maximum.

About this site

What's the goal of this site?

The site was originally made as a tool for veg*ns to be used as scientific defense against people that undermine the health benefits of a veg*n lifestyle.
Not only are there so many people, even professional dietists that are so badly informed about it, not even do many of them have a big bias, it's also amazing how few veg*ns get or even know where to get scientific nutritional info. Even in the media, TV-shows (cooking show e.g.), debates, etc.., veg*ns let themselves being talked down by very bad informed so called professionals! OF course, it's always the vegan that needs to bring numbers and datasheet, the others are guilt-free. And sometimes the latter do bring data, but data that is just wrong and with this site the former can prove that.
We hope that anyone going to any of these events or anyone wanting to show their peers the scientific proof of adequate nutritional availabililty in a veg*n lifestyle, use this site before and stand on firm ground!

Why another nutrional site?

Well, for one thing, most of the possible features on this site are not possible in any of the others. It may not look like it, since we've tried to minimize everything in an unobtrusive design, but there is a lot under the hood! Most of them are a bit complex though.
Some examples:

  • Give the total nutritional value from a recipe!
  • Search operators
  • Combined sorting
  • Sorting by nutrition value per calorie
  • Immediatly comparing search results by relative bar representation
  • A lot of info directly without information overload. (By using hovers and accordions. Not for smartphones (yet))
  • A unique graphical presentation
  • Focus on some important nutrients for veg*ns
  • Filtering of concentrates
  • Vegetarian food only (and some vegan filtering, though it needs some work)
  • ..

I don't trust the USDA. They are pro-meat, anti-veg*n or they conspire pro animal products.

Well, here is the thing. Íf the data is really biased negatively towards non animal products, but it still proves that we can live just as healthy without, doesn't that mean the latter is even more true! And it does! So it only gives us an advantage.
In other words, when someone tries to falsify data against idea X and the data still favors X, it means idea X is very strong!

What does this word "veg*n" (with an asterisk) mean?

It's an easy way to say vegan and vegetarian in just one word. The asterisk replaces the middle part that is different in both words.

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Nutritional terms and info

What is "RDI" ?

RDI stands for Recommended Daily Intake or Reference Daily Intake (RDI). It's is the daily intake level of a nutrient that is considered to be sufficient to meet the requirements of 97–98% of healthy individuals in every demographic in the United States.  

How do you calculate individual energy requirement?

Like a lot of nutritional requirements, your energy needs depend on your person. You can set them in your profile. Check the profile icon in the top right corner!
The formula used for calories per day is the one from Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine, National Academies:

	Adult man:		EER = 662 – 9.53 × age (y) + lifestyle × (15.91 × wt [kg] + 539.6 × ht [m])
	Adult woman:	EER = 354 – 6.91 × age (y) + lifestyle × ( 9.36 × wt [kg] + 726.0 × ht [m])
A few examples
1.5 m 1.65 m 1.8 m
Weight -> 41.6 56.2 50.4 68.0 59.9 81.0
sedentary 2,139 2,474 2,139 2,474 2,139 2,474
low active 2,351 2,725 2,351 2,725 2,351 2,725
active 2,615 3,040 2,615 3,040 2,615 3,040
very active 2,933 3,418 2,933 3,418 2,933 3,418
1.5 m 1.65 m 1.8 m
Weight -> 41.6 56.2 50.4 68.0 59.9 81.0
sedentary 1,797 1,994 1,797 1,994 1,797 1,994
low active 1,995 2,215 1,995 2,215 1,995 2,215
active 2,242 2,492 2,242 2,492 2,242 2,492
very active 2,539 2,825 2,539 2,825 2,539 2,825