Computerized Nutrient Analysis Systems

Authored by: Judith Ashley , Doina Kulick

Handbook of Nutrition and Food

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466505711
eBook ISBN: 9781466505728
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b15294-9

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Abstract

Since the early 1980s, the incorporation of microcomputer technology into nutrient analysis has resulted in the advent of computerized nutrient analysis systems. These software systems offer an effective and time-saving method for calculating the nutrient composition of foods and beverages for a variety of applications. 1 5 Health professionals can use computerized dietary analyses to provide clients with specific information about their current food/beverage choices and healthful alternatives, with the goal of fostering positive dietary changes. For nutrition educators, the hands-on application of these software programs is an integral part of student education. For researchers and government agencies, nutrient analysis software is an essential tool for analyzing and documenting the usual food intake of individuals, groups, or populations for a variety of uses (e.g., identifying diet–disease relationships). Nutrient analysis software is also important for recipe and menu development by food service managers, chefs, and caterers, and for calculating nutrient information for food labels.

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