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  FoodBasket - Simple recipe calculator

Welcome to the FoodBasket

 

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How to use FoodBasket

The FoodBasket web application enables users to create recipes, to print and save them on the local computer and to calculate nutritive values for the recipe.

 

What is the source of available food items? 

The source of available items comes from European Food Information Resource Network (EuroFIR) which was a five-year ‘Network of Excellence’, funded by the European Commission, through the EU Sixth Framework Programme, that produced a harmonized, standardized and most uniquely  presented food composition database in Europe. The database contains  more than 54000 food items form various countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA).


How do I set up my working environment ?

When you start the program, the upper part of the screen shows user identification data and displays the current working-environment settings for the user. By clicking the Edit button, next screen shows up, where editing of user’s working environment settings can be made. Beside the user name, user can modify local language for the program, selection of the unit system (American or metric) and also a list of active countries (from what country’s datasets should the food items be used by the program).

By clicking on Edit option the environment setting screen will open

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Environment configuration (Edit)

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Environment setting screen. – ‘Country field’ shows the list of active countries (datasets). When making recipes, only the food items that come from defined countries will be shown on the screen. By clicking this field you can define active countries – the ones from which the program is going to show food items.

 

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List of countries / datasets

 

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Details about the dataset

 

For each country/dataset  the detail information is shown with the following info:

    • Official and common database name
    • Version date
    • Last revision date
    • No of food item in the database
    • Number of chemical parameters in the database
    • Food items with chemical parameters
    • Total number of lingual codes
    • Number of food group coded food items

     

     

    How do I create a new recipe?

    Select the  make a new recipe option, enter the recipe name and create recipe it.
    On the next screen you can choose the recipe ingredients from the database.
    Enter the food name (or a part of the searched food name) into the “search for the ingredient” field. The food list defined by the filtered search criteria will appear on the screen.  Search can be made both with English and original food name.

     

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    Selecting the ingredient based on food name

     

    The other way to select ingredient is a search option based on food categories.  This option provides search results inside of a selected food group. In the FoodBasket, the ingredients are categorized in 13 main groups (by EuroFIR foodgroup classification)

    01 MILK, MILK PRODUCT OR MILK  SUBSTITUTE
    02 EGG OR EGG PRODUCT
    03 MEAT OR MEAT PRODUCT
    04 SEAFOOD OR RELATED PRODUCT
    05 FAT OR OIL
    06 GRAIN OR GRAIN PRODUCT
    07 NUT, SEED OR KERNEL PRODUCT
    08 VEGETABLE OR VEGETABLE PRODUCT
    09 FRUIT OR FRUIT PRODUCT
    10 SUGAR OR SUGAR PRODUCT
    11 BEVERAGE (NON-MILK)
    12 MISCELLANEOUS FOOD PRODUCT
    13 PRODUCT FOR SPECIAL NUTRITIONAL USE OR DIETARY SUPPLEMENT

     

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    Food selection based on food group categories

     

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    Fill the amount, unit and note fields and submit the food item

     

    When an ingredient is selected, the next step is to enter the amount and select the unit for that ingredient. FoodBasket supports the household units and converts them into grams, because the nutritive values in the database are based on 100g.  After that, click to the submit command button. The field beside the submit command button is intended for additional comments for each food item inside the recipe. When submitted, a food item automatically appears on the list.  At the bottom of the food item list, the total amount of foods is being shown (expressed in grams). 
    Beside the food items, you can also select the cooking method for the recipe (this list is a EuroFIR thesauri). 
    In the instruction field you can describe the cooking and preparing procedure.
    The ‘Servings’ option defines the number of persons for whom the recipe is being prepared.
     Bellow these fields in the table the nutritive value of the recipe is automatically calculated, based on selected food items, their amounts and based on servings.

     

     

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    Cooking method, preparation instructions and servings

     

    Based on the nutritive values of the selected food items in the recipe and the number of servings defined, the program automatically calculates nutritive value of the recipe, which is shown in the table below.
    Nutritive value is calculated as following:

    1. Nutritive value of the recipe per portion
    2. Nutritive value of the recipe per 100g
    3. Nutritive value of the recipe per 1000 kcal

    The nutritive components are categorized based on EuroFIR component group thesauri. (By clicking on the header of the component group you can close / or open it to see or hide the component parameters for the selected component group)
    These are the main component groups:

    1. Carbohydrate components
    2. Fatty acids
    3. Food additives
    4. Food properties and measures
    5. Lipid components
    6. Minerals and inorganic components
    7. Nitrogen components
    8. Organic acids
    9. Phenolic components
    10. Proximates
    11. Vitamins

    Beside the nutritive values of the recipe, in this table the pie diagram presents the % distribution of energy value depending on source (fat, carbohydrates or protein).

     

     

    nutritive values

    The FoodEXplorer link connects user to the EuroFIR database and opens a detailed data screen for selected food item, with its full data source overview (selected value, unit, matrix unit, value type, method type, method indicator, method reference, title, authors, etc).

     

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    The detail food information screen from FoodEXplorer

     

    How do I save my recipe?

    Click the export command button and save the file on your computer.
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    How do I import my recipe?

    Select the ‘Import recipe as ingredient” option, click the import recipe field, find the previously saved recipe on your computer, select it and click the import command button.
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    Could I use previously saved recipes as ingredients in my new recipe?

    Yes, you need to select the “import recipe as ingredient” option (under the ‘search for the ingredient’ field), select the previously saved recipe file on your local computer and import it. In the imported recipe you can modify the amount of the imported recipe, or the amounts of any ingredient from the imported recipe. You can also delete food items from the imported recipe, or add new food items to it.
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    Could I import a picture for the recipe?

    Yes, you have to select the “upload photo” option, select the picture file (gif, tif, jpg, bmp, …) on your local computer and import it.

     

    How do I print

    Click to the print option. On the new tab the printing format is displayed and ready to print on your printer device.

     

     

     

   
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