Nutrition Software

Nutrition SoftwareMore and more people want to know the nutritional value of the meals they eat. This is not necessarily an easy thing to figure out unless you hire a nutritional consultant or have a computer program that will do the calculations for you. Most packaged food has the nutrient content listed on the label, but only for the major nutrients. The nutrients that are contained in small amounts are not even listed. But after eating several meals all these values add up. You can use a reference book and calculate your daily totals by hand but that takes quite a while.  I wrote a program called NutritionAccess that allows you to track calories and nutrients in the meals you eat. A database of over 5000 foods is included in this comprehensive and easy to use program. You can record all the foods that you eat in specific meals and the program will report on the nutritional value of each of these meals. Read more about Zolosoft Nutrition Software.


News of interest on the Paleo Diet

Many people who recommend the Paleo diet as a healthy eating strategy claim that early humans probably did not eat grain so we don't really have the biochemical framework for properly digesting and metabolizing these foods. While browsing nutrition articles on Science Daily I a came across an article on the discovery of ancient cereal grinding tools in a cave in Africa.

Julio Mercader is an archeologist at the University of Calgary. While investigating archeologic remnants at a cave in Mozambique, he found dozens of stone tools including grinding stones that were used in food preparation.  When he analyzed the grinding stones, he found starch grains from wild sorgham, which is an ancestor of the cereal grain still used today in much of Africa. The samples were dated to a time over 100,000 years ago. This is the oldest example of the extensive use of grains by early humans. Until this discovery it was generally believed that grains were not utilized this long ago.

"This broadens the timeline for the use of grass seeds by our species, and is proof of an expanded and sophisticated diet much earlier than we believed," said Mercader.

The study was published in the December 18, 2009 issue of Science, with the title "Mozambican grass seed consumption during the Middle Stone Age."

The Science Daily story can be found at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091217141312.htm