Fit Foodie Meter
Have you ever wondered how healthy what you eat really is? Do you often get confused by complex nutrition terminology and figures? Here’s the Fit Foodie Meter, a comprehensive tool that calculates the nutritive value of a recipe as a single, composite score.
Diet and nutrition can often be complicated and mystifying as there are numerous schools of thought, even among experts. Should one go for a low fat diet or a high protein diet? Should one make low calorie recipes or low carbohydrate ones? What is a truly healthy recipe? There’s no simple answer and there’s no perfect answer. We have, however, developed a means to make the nutritional composition of recipes easily understandable and are encouraging people to make better, informed choices about their diet.
See for yourself the Fit Foodie score of healthy & delicious recipes available here.
Why do we need the Fit Foodie Meter?
Enter the unique Fit Foodie Meter, a comprehensive tool that calculates the nutritive value of a recipe as a single, composite score. There are, however, international and national recommendations for total diets, but such dietary guidelines usually include recommendations on daily caloric/nutritional intake. Alternatively, many countries have food-based dietary guidelines to communicate healthy dietary choices in terms of food groups; however, these are not specific to individual food preparations/recipes. It is often difficult to explain the details of the nutritional components of a recipe such as proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fibre, etc. to consumers and hence, the Fit Foodie Meter has been developed an attempt to arrive at a composite score that is easily understood by all as the nutritive value of that recipe.
How was the Fit Foodie Meter developed?
The scientific principles behind Fit Foodie Meter were developed in consultation with the Indian Dietetic Association, India’s leading scientific body that highlights the importance of dietetics and nutrition in the maintenance of health and in the prevention and treatment of diseases. The key points that were taken into account were:
Dietary recommendations, public health considerations and generally accepted scientific evidence on the relationship between diet, nutrition and health.
The variability of dietary habits and traditions and the fact that dietary changes take time.
Other considerations of an industrial/commercial, cultural and dietary/culinary nature.
Based on this guidance, criteria were developed basis some key principles as follows:
Scientifically grounded: i.e. backed up by an articulated and up-to-date science-based analysis of state of the art evidence, wherever possible.
Comprehensive: i.e. applicable to all recipes to be consumed at different occasions (i.e. breakfast, lunch, dinner etc.)
Appropriate: i.e. suitable for the Indian context and compatible with standards developed elsewhere.
Validated: i.e. amenable to a validation process ensuring quality and legitimacy
Communicable: i.e. with a clear rationale and relatively straight-forward to communicate externally to lay audiences.
Different approaches to developing and applying nutrition criteria have been adopted across the globe. One approach is not necessarily better than another on the basis of the above criteria. However, each system has specific advantages and disadvantages and, as noted above, all have inherent limitations. The Fit Foodie Meter takes into account different nutritional components such as protein, carbohydrates (sugar, fibre), fat, micronutrients (sodium, vitamins, minerals) and certain food groups to encourage (vegetables, fruits, whole grains, etc.) when computing the composite score.
How does the Fit Foodie Meter work?
The Fit Foodie Meter score is in a comparative format. The meter always shows the score for two recipes: 1) The ‘Regular Recipe’ or the most commonly prepared form of the dish and 2) The ‘Fit Foodie Recipe’ or the recipe presented in this website , which is an improved/modified version of the original dish. For example, if one were to take pizza as the dish, the Fit Foodie Meter would show the score for a regular veg pizza (Regular Recipe) and that for the Green Pizza (Fit Foodie Recipe) whose recipe is presented on this website. The greater the difference between the two scores, the higher the nutritive value of the Fit Foodie recipe in comparison to the Regular Recipe.
The main purpose of providing the comparative score is to help one realize how the Fit Foodie recipes have been made healthier and also to reinforce the fact that small dietary changes can go a long way in adopting a healthier lifestyle. In addition to the scores, the Fit Foodie Meter explains the reason for the difference in scores and the benefits of each recipe.
Finally, the Fit Foodie Meter also provides the percentage of the recommended dietary allowances (RDA) that the Fit Foodie Recipe meets based on meal occasions.
View how your favourite recipes score on the Fit Foodie Meter