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    Tracking every mg of every micronutrient

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    I just started (yesterday) to use fitday.com to keep track of what I eat and get some idea of the nutrient content of the things I eat on a daily basis. Now I have first hand experience with the problems that come with calorie and nutrient counting: it's a pain in the ass, it takes a lot of time, and it probably isn't accurate. Nevertheless, now I'm spending a lot more time thinking about what I eat, so I'm curious about exactly what the nutrient content is in what I usually eat.

    What's really a pain is recipes. I use sparkrecipes to calculate the nutrient content of each serving of a recipe and then I have to enter that into fitday. Does anyone else do this? Is there a better way?

    Despite the big plate of swiss chard I had for dinner, according to fitday, I'm still below the RDA in a lot of micronutrients. I should average over a whole week...

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    Oysters, eggs, liver, bacon (for thiamine) and seaweed will kick those numbers in the nuts. And for vitamin C, rose hips and sauerkraut are the bomb.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    And for vitamin C, rose hips and sauerkraut are the bomb.
    Strawberries and oranges are not bad either (quite more than sauerkraut)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    And for vitamin C, rose hips and sauerkraut are the bomb.
    Strawberries and oranges are not bad either (quite more than sauerkraut)

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    At some point take into account though that the RDA isn't really based on anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimchiNinja View Post
    At some point take into account though that the RDA isn't really based on anything.
    Indeedly, I think someone computed the most strategic intake to hit it without supplements/fortification would be something like 5,500 calories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimchiNinja View Post
    At some point take into account though that the RDA isn't really based on anything.
    How true. I started learning this with Vit. D. The RDA is about 15 - 100. Now there's a range for you. So I started googling and learned a lot of interesting facts. Ultimately I found that the Optimal Range is 80 - 90. That's a whale of a difference. Some researchers are now using that term - Optimal Range. At least it's some improvement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike View Post
    I just started (yesterday) to use fitday.com to keep track of what I eat and get some idea of the nutrient content of the things I eat on a daily basis. Now I have first hand experience with the problems that come with calorie and nutrient counting: it's a pain in the ass, it takes a lot of time, and it probably isn't accurate. Nevertheless, now I'm spending a lot more time thinking about what I eat, so I'm curious about exactly what the nutrient content is in what I usually eat.

    What's really a pain is recipes. I use sparkrecipes to calculate the nutrient content of each serving of a recipe and then I have to enter that into fitday. Does anyone else do this? Is there a better way?

    Despite the big plate of swiss chard I had for dinner, according to fitday, I'm still below the RDA in a lot of micronutrients. I should average over a whole week...
    SparkRecipes is linked with the SparkPeople site so, if you do your calorie counting on SparkPeople your recipes can follow you without having to be re-entered.

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    RDI is actually mostly OK, except for the fat soluble vitamins and protein.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike View Post
    What's really a pain is recipes. I use sparkrecipes to calculate the nutrient content of each serving of a recipe and then I have to enter that into fitday. Does anyone else do this? Is there a better way?
    Instead of calculating nutrient content of each serving of a recipe try it the other way around: record actual ingredients in the serving size you eat. I find it much easier and it helps me track what I actually eat instead of micro or macro nutrients. I use fatsecret.com

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