The Food Coach is a tool in the Nutrient History and Nutrient Summary that shows which foods to seek and which to shun if you want to improve your nutrient balance. It identifies two kinds of foods:
"Culprits" -- foods you ate that gave you too much of a nutrient
"Helpers" -- foods you like that can give you more of a nutrient.
To open the Food Coach:
Open the Nutrient History or the Nutrient Summary.
Click the name or color bar of the nutrient on which you want advice. A list of the foods you've eaten that contain the most of that nutrient will open.
How it Works
Let's describe it by example: You're looking at the Past Week tab in your Nutrient History, and you click on "Magnesium." The Food Coach performs the following steps, all in a fraction of a second:
Adds up all the magnesium you've gotten from all the foods you've eaten during the past week,
Divides by seven, to get your average daily magnesium intake,
Compares your daily average with your Personal Daily Allowance (PDA), and
If you're over your PDA, ranks all the foods you ate that contributed the most magnesium, in descending order of importance. These are foods to shun.
If you're under your PDA, ranks the foods you've eaten in the past month that are richest in magnesium, in descending order of richness. These are foods to seek.
Although you can trust the Food Coach's math, its advice won't be reliable if you log your foods carelessly. For best results, measure and log every food every day.
The Food Coach bases
its advice on your imputed intake
of the nutrient, not your known
intake. Your known intake of magnesium today, for example, may be low
merely because you happened to log only one or two foods that report their
magnesium content. (Magnesium is not required on food labels.) To cover
these holes in the data, Diet Power imputes a likely
intake by assuming that the concentration of magnesium (per calorie) in
foods you ate that don't report magnesium is the same as the concentration
in foods you ate that do. The imputed intake is often closer to the truth
than the known intake
Bottom line: Follow the Food Coach's advice, but not slavishly. Temper it with your own instincts and the advice of your doctor.
To close the Food Coach...
...click either its OK button or its Cancel button.
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Last Modified: 2/6/04