nutrition database
May 2, 2013 1:21 PM   Subscribe

An exceptionally informative, nicely designed and useful nutrition database, where you can easily look up the glycemic load, inflammation factor, vitamins, proteins, nutrients, calories etc. It is a practical source of information if you wish to either shed excess poundage or put some on. There is a glycemic index info page and lots more. The site was created by Self magazine.
posted by nickyskye (14 comments total) 79 users marked this as a favorite
Yeah this is pretty good. Been around a while and has been useful. I use it when I'm setting up my foods in my diary on

That diary will either make you lose weight or admit you're a liar about what you eat.
posted by surplus at 1:26 PM on May 2, 2013 [5 favorites]

I'm doing that thing of flinging vegan food items at it to see if they come up.

Good news, tempeh, you're in the clear! Bad news, nutritional yeast, you don't exist.
posted by Kitteh at 1:36 PM on May 2, 2013

I use this all the time - it's really great. I particularly like this tool which lists foods according to how nutritious vs. how filling they are.
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 1:43 PM on May 2, 2013 [1 favorite]

Turns out that raw limes have a very high nutrition value and a very high satiety value. I guess raw limes are the best new desk snack?
posted by mudpuppie at 2:09 PM on May 2, 2013

I guess Amy Marsh had the right idea.
posted by blurker at 2:11 PM on May 2, 2013 [2 favorites]

Another thing that just popped up today: Eat This Much, a meal planner that does everything totally automatically based on your calories needed, body type, preferences, etc - actually seems like a very nice little tool. Let's get all our online fitness and food things in a heap here!
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 2:29 PM on May 2, 2013 [3 favorites]

When I google on diet and inflamation I get a bunch of quackwatch alarm bells. Does anybody have a link to a reputable nutritionist with peer reviewed claims that it is a thing?
posted by bukvich at 2:39 PM on May 2, 2013 [1 favorite]

I have a fitbit that syncs both ways with myfitnesspal and it's really made me get off my butt and stop shoving food in my face. Horray for APIs.
posted by msbutah at 2:45 PM on May 2, 2013 [1 favorite]

Ranked number 7 on the "Best foods for weight gain" is freeze-dried shallots? Interesting.
posted by MarvinTheCat at 2:55 PM on May 2, 2013 [1 favorite]

bukvich, you asked about information about inflammation and food. Here is some info at WebMD.
posted by nickyskye at 5:33 PM on May 2, 2013

Does anybody have a link to a reputable nutritionist with peer reviewed claims that it is a thing?

No because it's not. This is the area I did my PhD in (potential anti-inflammatory effects of food compounds in inflammatory bowel disease), and while there is evidence or immune-modulating properties for certain foods in specific situations, the whole anti-inflammatory diet or inflammation factor or whatever is, at best, incredibly overstated (and much more likely to just be bunk). For a start, there is no one diet or nutrient that affects all people the same way. So while there is mounting evidence that specific foods can be useful for some populations of people, just blindly telling everyone that a certain food is pro- or anti-inflammatory and giving diet advice to match is always wrong.

Not to mention that terms like "anti-inflammatory" don't even mean anything when applied in a general way.
posted by shelleycat at 2:46 AM on May 3, 2013 [3 favorites]

And that Web MD article is not good. I can immediately see one giant quack quoted in there, then I stopped reading.
posted by shelleycat at 2:50 AM on May 3, 2013

shelleycat, your study was on inflammatory bowel disease, which is different from the inflammation properties for somebody with arthritis, for example. Since "41 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime and about 21 percent will die from cancer" and inflammation is connected with cancer as well as other health issues, especially arthritis, would it not be wise for a consumer to become aware of the capacity of certain foods to create or lessen inflammation?
posted by nickyskye at 7:55 AM on May 3, 2013

Says "Beans, kidney, mature seeds, sprouted, raw" is nearly the perfect food in regards to high protein, with all the correct amino acids, fullness factor, nutritional and glycemic load, however, aren't raw kidney beans toxic?
posted by Monkey0nCrack at 6:55 PM on May 6, 2013

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