Food Nutrient Analysis in-depth with Mealplana

food macronutrients analysis

Mealplana allows you to obtain accurate nutritional information in recipes and meal plans. As you enter foods in a meal plan, the app performs a complete food nutrient analysis on your behalf.

Nutritional data is displayed at different levels of granularity. This means that analysis results range from an overall summary view, to per-ingredient or per-nutrient drill-downs.

Want to quickly identify the highest sources of Sodium in a client’s diet? Or which meals contribute the most to cholesterol? What about finding some key items to swap in the diet to increase Protein or Vitamin D?

Our meal planning software is designed to answer any nutrition-related question about a diet or recipe fast. It’s the ultimate tool for anyone creating meal plans/recipes for clients or working in nutrition.

How to obtain food nutrient analysis data

First of all, it is really simple to create a meal plan in Mealplana. Using the nutrition search bar, you can query foods and meals and add them to a plan or recipe.

Once some meals have been added to a diet plan, the Macronutrients and Micronutrients tabs show multiple options or views.

Choosing one of the options will display detailed food nutrient analysis information for:

  • the plan as a whole
  • particular days in the meal plan
  • macronutrients per ingredient
  • analysis per 100 grams of food item
  • etc. We plan to add more options in the future
macronutrient select menu
Macronutrient tab for nutrient analysis selection

Macronutrient summary view

The main way to visualise macronutrients in a meal plan is the Macronutrient Summary view. This displays the total macronutrients per day in the plan.

By default, macronutrients shown include:

  • Energy (Kcal)
  • Protein (g)
  • Fat (g)
  • Carbohydrate (g)

As an aside, you can customise which nutrients are available in the settings, and include Fiber, Net Carbs, and Saturated Fat in this section if required.

macronutrients summary in meal plan
Mealplana macronutrient summary view

The advantage of the summary view is to see at a glance the macro/energy content of each day in a plan. If you are aiming at achieving certain macro targets for each day you can quickly see what needs changing here.

For instance, some examples of the kind of checks you can make include:

  • Every day has at least 120 grams of Protein for a client that is trying to build muscle
  • All days in a plan fall below 1800 Kcal for someone that wants to lose weight via a caloric deficit
  • Days where the client works out provide 500 extra Kcal to account for the extra exertion
  • Carbohydrate content is kept below 10% of daily energy for low-carb diets

Food Macronutrient analysis – breakdown per ingredient

Sometimes, you want to identify sources of a particular macronutrient in a meal plan.

For instance, what are sources of fat in a particular diet? What about energy, protein, or carbohydrate?

The macronutrient breakdown per ingredient view shows a detailed analysis of the macronutrient content in each ingredient in the plan.

The view can show total amounts in the plan (e.g. energy in all the “asparagus” included in a plan) or amounts per 100 grams of ingredient. This results in a practical way of attributing specific nutrients to foods in a plan.

Macronutrient breakdown per ingredient
Macronutrient breakdown to see how much each ingredient contributes to each macronutrient

Micronutrient summary view

If you prepare meal plans professionally, you often will need to ensure your clients meet key micronutrient targets.

As an example, typical Western diets often contain too much Sodium, and diets low in vegetables may lack adequate vitamin and mineral supply.

Mealplana displays all micronutrient information for a meal plan or recipe in a consolidated view. Moreover, dozens of micronutrients are available, and you can customise which ones show in the settings.

This way, the table can help you check that a diet contains sufficient micronutrients for your client’s wellbeing.

In the future, we plan to extend this table with Daily Recommended Intake guidelines for different gender/age groups. As a result, it will become trivial to identify excess/deficiencies of key nutrients in in a diet.

micronutrient summary view
Micronutrient analysis in Mealplana

Micronutrient breakdown per ingredient

Finally, the micronutrient breakdown per ingredient view will help you find sources contributing to each micronutrient in a plan.

This is the fastest way to identity where Sodium and other micronutrients are coming from in a client’s diet. You can take it further by sorting the table. In addition, we plan to introduce colour coding – which will make data points of interest easier to spot at a glance.

Micronutrient Breakdown per ingredient
Shows micronutrient content per ingredient in a meal plan

Exporting a report for your clients

When you are done creating a meal plan or analysing a client’s diet, you can export your document as a pdf file. Mealplana allows you to choose which specific sections you want to include in your final document.

This way, you can have the most in-depth food nutrient analysis available as you work in the plan, but only show summary/relevant content to your client.

Presenting too much information at once can be overwhelming or irrelevant for clients, so the ability to craft your own document based on your requirements is essential.

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When downloading a meal plan as a pdf file, you can choose which sections to include

Interested in Mealplana for your business? Try Mealplana today for free, and experience the ease of working with nutritional data with a dedicated professional app.

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