Diet Cruncher 2

Diet Analysis Nutrition Software for Windows and Macintosh for use with the USDA (United States Food Composition Database), and New Zealand FOODfiles Food Composition Database.

For use by Nutritionists, Dietitians, Researchers, Educators, Students, Fitness Centres, Gyms, & Individuals.

Developed by Way Down South Software


Entering the Diet

Locating food items by category

There are two methods for finding food items; the first method is to use the 'Category' lists and manually locate the food item, the second is to use the search facility.

To use the 'Category' method to locate a food item, click on the 'Category' menu, the category list will appear, showing the food categories in the food composition database.

Selecting a food category will list of all the foods in that category in the top half of the screen... the 'food list'.

Scroll down the list to find the food you are looking for

Locating food items using 'Search'

Click in the Search box.

Type one or more keywords and click the 'Search' button.

All occurrences of the keywords in the database will appear in the 'food list'.

Entering a food item into the diet

Once you have located a food item, click on the food item in the 'food list'.

Note that the table on the right of the screen lists the food details including common standard measures, and the composition of that food item per 100 gm.

The cursor will now be flashing in the amount box in the centre of the screen (if it isn't you can click once in the amount box to place the cursor there).

Type the amount of the food item into this box (the common standard measure will help you estimate this amount if required).

Select the unit, either grams or millilitres by clicking on the appropriate button.

Once the food has been selected and the amount and unit have been entered, you can click the 'Add' button (or press Enter).

The food item now appears in the bottom list - this is where you will build up a list of all foods in the diet.

Note that the right side of the screen now displays the composition data for the amount of food that was added.

Marking the end of a meal or day

The end of a meal or fay should be marked as such, so that individual meals and days can be analysed.

Click on the 'Marker' menu and a select either '$ End of Meal Markers' or '# End of Day Markers'.

Select a marker from the list, and click the 'Add' button (an amount is not required).

The marker is placed in the diet list. Note that the right side of the screen changes to show the composition data for that meal or day.

It is important to end the diet with an end of day marker. The daily average analysis calculates the total nutrient intake and divides it by the number of days - if the last day doesn't have a marker, the average intake will be calculated higher than it should be.

Editing the Diet

Updating a diet item

To change an amount or unit for a food item in the diet list... click on the food item and the food item's amount and unit will be placed back into the entry fields.

Change the amount and/or unit, and click the 'Update' button.

The food item in the diet list will be updated with the change.

Moving a diet item

To move an item within the Diet list, click and drag the food item up or down the list.

This is also handy if you need to put a meal or day marker into a particular place in the list.

Duplicating a diet item

If you need to enter a food item several times in a diet, it is sometimes quicker to locate that food item in the Diet list rather than find it in the categories and food lists.

Click on the item in the Diet list and click 'Duplicate'.

You can then, if necessary, use the click and drag to move that food item to where you want it in the Diet list.

Deleting a diet item

To delete and item or marker from the Diet list, click on the item and click 'Delete'.

You will be asked to confirm that you want to delete the item.

Entry Screen - Instant Analysis

Note that you can click on an item in the food list to instantly display the composition per 100gm. Clicking on an item in the diet list displays the composition of the amount of the food item as entered in the diet. Clicking on a meal or day marker instantly displays the composition of that meal or day.

Saving your diet

To save your Diet, clicking on the 'File' menu and click 'Save Diet'.

Diets should be saved with the .dc2 suffix.

Opening a diet

Note that cannot open a diet by double-clicking on it... you must first open 'Diet Cruncher 2', and then use 'File'... 'Open Diet' to open your saved Diet files.

Analyse Diet

To conduct more detailed analyses of the diet, click on the 'Analyse Diet' tab.

Across the top of the window are listed the different possible analyses. Clicking on each of these buttons displays the each of the following analysis tables.

Nutrient Data

The 'Nutrient Data' analysis lists all foods plus the meal and day breaks down the table, with the weight and nutrient composition data across the table.

Meal Summary

The 'Meal Summary' analysis lists all the meal (and day) breaks across the table, with the total weight and nutrient composition for each meal down the table.

Meal Averages

The 'Meal Averages' analysis lists the 7 possible meals across the table, with the average weight and nutrient composition of each of these meals down the table.

Day Summary

The 'Day Summary' analysis lists all the day breaks across the table, with the total weight and nutrient composition for each day down the table.

Daily Average

The 'Daily Average' analysis lists the average daily weight and nutrient composition down the table.

Foodgroups as Amounts

The 'Foodgroups as Amounts' analysis lists the foodgroups across the table, with the weight and nutrient composition totals for each foodgroup listed down the table.

Foodgroups as Percentage

The 'Foodgroups as %' analysis lists the foodgroups across the table, with the percentage contribution each foodgroup makes to the weight and nutrient composition listed down the table.

Exporting the Analysis

The analyses can be exported to csv (comma separated value) files suitable for importing into a spreadsheet or database.

Export table

The 'Export table' button will export the current analysis in the same format and orientation you see on screen. This is best suited for viewing a single analysis.

Export data

The 'Export data' button will export the current analysis reoriented in such a way that the nutrient data is always in rows, each row prepended with the diet filename. This is best suited for viewing, and combining, multiple analyses