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Analysis : Nutrition Report - how to read this chart? (FAQs)

This is a new report we came up with hoping to provide a quick and easy way to spot problem areas in your nutrition. Here's the basic concept: if the bar is red, you should pay attention to it since you’re doing something wrong there; if it’s green, nothing to worry about.

The actual direction of the bars is largely irrelevant; this only help you understand if a nutrient should be consumed in large quantities in order to do well, or if it should be avoided altogether. For example, you should have lots of fiber, and if you don’t meet your daily recommended values, the bar will be pointing to the left and will be shown in red color. In the case of cholesterol, you actually want the bar to be pointing to the left since you avoided this nutrient, and that’s a good thing and will be shown via a green color. A picture is worth more than 1,000 words:

As you'll notice, some nutrients have only two states (ie: Fiber - Too Low and Good), and some have three (ie: Calcium, - Too Low, Good, and Too High). As you can tell, it's definitely possible to have too much of a good thing.

The nutrient standards for the energy-producing nutrients (carbohydrate, protein and fat) are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  The standards for vitamins and minerals are are based on the Daily Values for the generic USDA diet version of the analysis, and on the Dietary Reference Intakes for the personalized version.

While you're at it, make sure to mouse over those bars and check out the additional information that appears inside the dialog bubbles.



Added 2010-03-09 18:23:17
Updated 2010-04-08 20:51:49


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