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[Comments] (2) YOUARE=T(YOUEAT): At my going-away party, Seth talked about weird diets. The conversation came around, as it always does, to the USDA's National Nutrient Database. We talked about using the NND data to construct a diet navigator, something that would let you enter some wacky criteria and then create a solid in the 6661-dimensional space of diets, representing the diets that fit that criteria while providing all of your RDAs. This would, eg. allow you to scientifically determine once and for all whether it would be possible to do a vegetarian Atkins diet. Who are you going to believe, some hack on a message board, or linear algebra?

We also talked about making Nethack trendier by adding an Atkins diet conduct. To keep this conduct you could eat all the animal corpses you wanted, but not vegetable-based foods, or potions of booze or fruit juice. Alternatively, there might be a vegetable timeout.

Also check out newCROP, which has an enormous list of food crops, as well as the disturbing list of Famine Foods.

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Posted by Alyson at Sat Nov 01 2003 12:11

Hey, Leonard, is there a website anywhere that has a diet calculator? Somewhere like this USDA site where I can type in, for instance, a day's menu look at what our nutrient intake is? Just curious. I figured that the web guru would know.

Posted by Seth Schoen at Sun Nov 02 2003 03:57

The database Leonard linked to is aimed at people who are
creating their own calculators like this. I don't know
of a public one that's already been written.

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