Nutrition , what do we really know about it? Why is it important? How do you think things go wrong? What’s the difference between Eating Healthy vs Eating Nutritiously? How do you know if you’re getting enough vitamins?
Iceberg lettuce just isn’t as nutritious as super-food greens such as kale, spinach, and arugula, but it’s certainly not bad for you. Romaine lettuce is much more nutritious though. Iceberg lettuce has a bit of Beta Carotene and some Vitamin K. It’s mostly water and has less than 1% fiber, but the low calorie count makes it a healthy choice, for losing weight.
Nutrients is what nutrition is about. Your body needs certain nutrients in specific quantities to maintain good health and to not exceed intake on some of those nutrients.
Macro-nutrients such as Protein, Fat, Carbohydrates etc and Micro-nutrients like vitamins and minerals like copper, zinc, magnesium etc. They all work together to keep you working and together. Both body and mind. Each one has important roles to play in your health. Many are paired up such as Iron and Copper or Copper and Zinc. This is a very complex system, and regardless of what the DV% is on the label, it’s not a very accurate indicator of what YOUR specific RDA is.
What do we really know about human nutrition?
I think it’s safe to say and scientifically proven that the human machine needs specific nutrients in optimum quantities to keep things functioning properly. My car needs 6.5 liters of oil. Not all cars need 6.5 liters.
It isn’t safe to assume that we all need the same amounts.
This is how your Government sets the RDA values for each Nutrient.
- Studies are done every 5 years or so. The study involves random segments of the population with different numbers in various age groups. The criteria is that the participants are healthy (i.e. no known??? disease) and they are SEDENTARY.
- The study involves asking the participants what they ate for the last 24 hours. The foods and loosely identified portions are then analyzed against the database (the same sort of one as in this product).
- There are up to 500% differences between the 1 percentile and the 99 percentile.
- They take the mean of this value.
- Voila, that’s the RDA for everyone (i.e. within each sex and age group)
What the study really shows is, this is what the sedentary population is currently consuming not what a healthy RDA is. I’d say the wool has been pulled over our eyes for the last few decades.
So that’s just the unscientific credibility aspect of the data and it’s collection. What was accurate was the nutritional content of the foods they had in the labs to scientifically analyze the content. Although, what you get out of one field in Chile isn’t going to have the same nutrient content as from a field in Mexico, or the agricultural farm where the sample where taken for analysis..
What goes with this data is the recommendations for things like UPPER LIMIT. SUGAR.CA has lobbied hard to ensure they would not place an upper limit on sugar, and they don’t.
Again with the Dairy Support. Science tells us that Milk steals calcium from our bones yet our Health Departments are still recommending a few glasses a day.
I could provide an endless number of links to the down side of dairy as well as the opposite. People selling stuff will tell you almost anything.
So given the interference in government from various lobbyists with bottom lines and shareholders and employees along with the incredibly useless studies, how can you believe anything?
Believe this. You need some of everyone of the nutrients tracked in this app. The problem is HOW MUCH of each.
TheNutritionist lets you set a personal RDA for each nutrient so you are measuring intake against client specific needs.
How do you find your personal RDAs?
There’s no simple answer for that.
Start by using the DRI calculator
Your genetic makeup and lifestyle will determine what your intake needs are. I.e. I have a gene that makes Folic Acid toxic for my body. I shouldn’t take any. Folate is ok. But I also workout 2 hours everyday and I need protein to rebuild muscle and more than the RDA. People with Celiac disease have significant absorption issues and have to consume more nutrients to absorb a few.
Everyone’s absorption rate for each mineral is also different and it can be impacted by other nutrient intake or lack of.
Just taking it in, doesn’t mean it’s getting absorbed and used by your body. I.e. Zinc is absorbed at 30%, so you need 3 x RDA to get the recommended amount absorbed.
So it’s starting to look like a lot of guess work to ever find your RDA values.
TheNutritionist app includes a cross reference from nutrient deficiency studies to specific health symptoms, like skin rash, slow healing, or brain fog, or just feeling irritable, maybe because you can’t sleep (magnesium).
Science has identified the use of these nutrients in various processes in the human body, but how much is the right amount is not a scientific analysis even as a group. It’s not a responsible table if some nutrients have an UPPER LIMIT while SUGAR has none at all.
We’re not selling food or supplements here. Obviously that choice is yours. most agree that natural food sources for your nutrient needs is better than supplements. Supplements on their own aren’t easy to follow. Some formats are not absorbed very well by humans, so you don’t really know what dosage you are getting.
Nutritracker allows you to change the RDA values for each nutrient to fine tune the charting to your needs. The Nutritionist is the next step and allows you to set RDA values for every family member or client.
These 2 products have different levels of functionality. Start out with Nutritracker so you can build you’re own menus for 7 days. If you’re not alone, try TheNutritionist for 7 daily menus for unlimited number of family members or clients.
Everyone has different absorption rates on each nutrient. How your body functions and how active it is makes a big difference in what your RDA would be. Drinking alcohol inhibits absorption, so, again another variation from a group RDA.
The results of the Daily Menu analysis shows you what nutrients you may be deficient in according to the RDA the government sets or your own personal RDAs in Nutritracker and TheNutritionist. It also shows you the foods that hold these missing nutrients. Choose between either adding some new foods to your diet or picking up a supplement.
The Nutritionist is the professional version of Nutritracker with added functionality, to manage a family or a client list.
Nutritionists and Dietitians can build their client’s diets with the food database. They can create unlimited number of menu-recipe-diet items, separate them into different ethnic groups and quickly build 7 daily diets for any customer and email it to them.
The big difference, with TheNutritionist, is they can now also see the real nutritional value in their diet planning with the client. Any deficiencies and excess can be addressed by finding the foods for that nutrient and incorporating them into the client meal planning.