Human nutritional requirements

The first step to design the Spanish Soylent Recipe is to make a little research about the human nutritional requirements. It’s a basic thing I must know if I don’t want to kill myself with a deficient recipe.

This subject has been studied for decades in order to provide a proper and healthy diet in schools, army, hospitals, etc. After several revisions, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences published the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI), a system of nutrition recommendations. Please, ignore the summarized nutrition table at the wikipedia page and check the official tables instead.

But the problem with these recommendations is that they depend on lots of factors –age, gender, lifestyle and weight among others–. The needs of a sedentary pregnant woman are different from the needs of a male athlete. This difficults the designing of a general recipe destinated to everybody.

Instead of trying to design a general recipe, I’m thinking that maybe I should make an small script to create personal recipes. People will be able to adjust their own params (gender, age, weight, height…) and the script will do all the dirty math job. Also, it can be interesting to adjust some params depending on each one’s nutritionist recommendations.

Mmm… yeah, it sounds like a better idea.

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2 thoughts on “Human nutritional requirements

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