Food Exchange Diet Planner 1.3

Software information
Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/Server/95/98
File size:
0.92 Mb
Date added:
April 8, 2014
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Description from the Publisher

Food Exchange Diet Planner, is a tool to create and test balanced diet plans based on the food exchange scheme. Food Exchange Diet Planner can be used by food professionals and knowledgeable individuals to create individualized meal plans that outline the number of servings from each food group for each meal.

The "food exchange scheme"

In the 1950s, the American Diabetes Association, in conjunction with the U.S. Public Health Service, introduced the "food exchange scheme". This allowed diabetic people to swap between foods of similar nutritional value. So, for example, if wishing to have more than normal carbohydrates for dessert, one could cut back on potatoes in his/her first course.

Since then, the food exchange scheme has become a very popular tool for dieticians and nutrition specialists due to both its accuracy and its convenience. It has been widely used not only for diabetic people but also for general purpose and weight management diets.

The "food exchange scheme" categorizes foods into food groups such as fruits, starches, proteins and vegetables. Each group includes appropriate serving sizes for each food in it, so that one serving of any food in this group is considered "equal" to one serving of any other food in the same group. For example, one may change one slice of bread with three quarters of a cup of cold cereal. Both of these foods belong to the "starch" group and have the same nutritional value. One starch serving contains approximately 80 calories of energy and composes of 15 grams of carbohydrate, 3 grams of protein and trace fat.

The first step towards creating a diet plan based on the food exchange scheme, is to create an individualized meal plan that outlines the number of servings from each food group for each meal.

This is where 100dof's food exchange diet planner comes to help!

Operation of the program

To create a dietary plan using the "food exchange diet planner" (this program), one needs to follow three steps:

  1. Define the average daily energy requirements of the person that the user wants to create the diet for. The energy is defined in terms of calories and can also be suggested by the program based on the person's age, height, weight and activity level.
  2. Define the percentages of the three macronutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fat) that the diet should consist of. The user can either define the three percentages by himself/herself or choose a predefined set of percentages for various diet types (e.g. balanced diet, zone diet, mediterranean diet, etc).
  3. Define the preference for the daily number of servings for three food groups (diary, fruits and vegetables). This piece of information can be defined to reflect the personal preferences of the person that the user creates the diet for and can also be chosen from a set of predefined diet types.

Based on the above information, the program will then calculate the daily number of serving for the other food groups so that all given constrains are kept.


  • Very simple to setup and run.
  • A powerfull tool to create balanced diet plans.
  • Based on the food exchange scheme.
  • Computes the number of servings from each food group for each meal.
  • includes energy calculator to estimate daily energy needs.
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