So, to answer one of the questions I'm often asked, most recently put forth in an email from Kurt:
Q. How do you determine the nutritional content of your recipes?
A. I use a software program called Nutritionist Pro™ by Axxya Systems. No diet analysis tool is satisfyingly accurate (a deficiency that lies not so much with the database but with the gap in information between what's on the plate and what gets input to the program as being on the plate), but it can reveal areas of deficiency or overindulgence. Although I like Axxya's product, I don't mean to plug it. It just happens to be one I use.
A very good, free (paid for by your taxes), online source for nutrient data can be found on the USDA's food look-up site. Of course, you'll need to do a little math if you're working with a recipe - or a meal that contains more than just 1 medium banana. But their database is reliable and a LOT easier to use than the books of tables I used years ago.2
2 Just because some of my functional adulthood was spent during a time before PCs does not make me old. It doesn't.
I would also suggest CRONoMeter for nutritional analysis. It gets its data from the USDA as far as I know, but it greatly simplifies that process. It also allows you to create your own recipes and foods, track your foods/meals, etc. Great free program that is available for all popular computer platforms at http://spaz.ca/cronometer/.
I'm actually looking for nutritional analysis software right now, and also considering Lifeform and Fitday. Have you compared CROnoMeter to other programs, or is it the first one you've used?
Some diet analysis software:
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