Nutrition Guide
This guide is meant to give you a basic understanding of each nutrient, why you need it, and how much of it you need. While most people "know" that calories are bad, carbs make you fat and sodium gives you high blood pressure, this is a portrayal is so limited it's just downright inaccurate. Calories, carbs, protein and fat are no more or less important than the myriad nutrients that make up a healthy diet.

To compare foods based on their overall nutrition, you have to look more deeply into each nutrient and how difficult that nutrient is to get from other sources. For example, two foods that cost about a dollar: one box of pasta and one tomato. Which is more nutrient dense? Which one has more nutrition per dollar?

  1 Box Pasta 1 Tomato
Price $1 $1
Calories 1684 20
Weight About 3 pounds cooked 1/4 pound
Carbs 339 g 5 g
Protein 60 g 1 g
Folate 1000 mcg 20 mcg
Vitamin A 0 IU 1000 IU
Potassium 1000 mg 300 mg
Lycopene 0 mcg 3200 mcg

Looking at the chart below, it is clear that pasta will give you more calories and be more filling per dollar. It also is very high in protein, potassium and folate. Unfortunately, it lacks antioxidants. More importantly, while it seems to have a lot of potassium, if you consider that you need 4700 mg potassium every day, you quickly realize that you can't eat that much pasta. Tomatoes however pack a lot more potassium in a smaller package. Tomatoes also offer lycopene antioxidants. Considering all nutrients and all foods, this gets too complex to do in your head. That's why we made Nutrimentum!

To learn more about the nutrients,
click one of the categories below:

Macronutrients - Calories, fat protein (the "main" nutrients
people usually think of).

Vitamins - Organic molecules that have functions in
the body. Many of these break down under light and heat
.

Minerals - Elements that the body needs to survive.
Usually much more stable than vitamins.