NUT – analyze meals with the USDA Nutrient Database

This open source software helps you record what you eat and then analyzes your meals for nutrient levels in terms of the USDA “Daily Value” (the standard for food labeling in the US).

While this program is console based, it is completely menu-driven and there are therefore no commands for the user to learn.

The database included is the latest USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

This database of food composition tables contains values for calories, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, total fat, etc., and includes all the nutrient data in the USDA database, including the Omega-6 and Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Nutrient levels are expressed as a percentage of the DV or Daily Value, the familiar standard of food labeling in the United States. The essential fatty acids, Omega-6 and Omega-3, are not currently mentioned in these standards, and a reference value has been supplied based on Dr. William Lands’ empirical equation for the percentages of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids in plasma phospholipids based on diet.

Features include:

  • 7538 foods and 143 nutrients (the complete, latest USDA database).
  • Foods easy to find and add to daily meals with an ordered list of ingredients and a nutrition statement.
  • Configurable for 1-19 meals per day and any dietary plan–including low carb, zone, low fat.
  • Comprehensive meal analysis for any number of consecutive meals.
  • Presents both easy-to-read percentage summaries and in-depth nutrient analysis, including Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids.
  • Defaults to ounces or grams based on user input.
  • Suggests foods based on current diet.
  • Can easily create additional databases for other family members.
  • Auto-transfer of successful dietary strategies from analysis screen to configuration settings.
  • Allows recording of recipes and customary meals for fast data entry.
  • Guesses recipes of packaged foods.
  • Creates graphs of nutrient intake showing daily and monthly trends.
  • Sorts foods richest in each of the 143 nutrients.
  • Reveals which foods contribute most to user’s nutrition.

Website: nut.sourceforge.net
Support: Documentation
Developer: Jim Jozwiak
License: GNU GPL v2

NUT

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