Foodcards for an Apple, and for Baked Beans


Apple = 65 calories

 

 

Nutrition Values:
 Apple per 100g

Energy

k.calories

47

Protein

grams

0.4

Carbohydrates (sugars)

grams
grams

11.8
11.8

Fats
(saturates) 

grams
grams

0.1
0.0

Fibre

grams

2.0

Salt (sodium)

mg

3.0

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Protein
  0 +
Carbs
   65  +
Fat
    0 =

  Calories
     65


Best for:
Five-a-day

Good for: Fibre

average apple = 140 grams

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Beans = 160 calories

 

nutrition values:
Beans per 100g

Energy

kcal

84

Protein

grams

5.2

Carbohydrate (sugars)

grams
grams

15.3
5.9

Fat (saturates) 

grams
grams

0.6
0.1

Fibre

grams

3.7

Salt

mg

0.6

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Protein
  40 +
Carbs
   110  +
Fat
  10 =

  Calories
     160


Best for:
Fibre
Good for:
Five-a-day
Bad for: ●Salt

average portion = 200 grams

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The Foodcounts® simple algorithm
 

Food-labelling protocols are science-led. They provide an important reference on nutrition values. However, most consumers are unfamiliar with nutrition science. The Foodcounts algorithm converts this data into an optional, child-friendly source.

·       Converts protein, carbs and fats into calorie-equivalent values

·       Converts absolute values into round values

·       Converts these round values into an average portion value

·       Sum-totals rounded values as a basis for mnemonic learning

·       Provides exception reporting on “Good for” and “Bad for” attributes

Note: Label-values are absolutes drawn from averages with often significant error-margins!

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Foodcounts® for Kids

Key Features:

1. A tactile learning experience to encourage a building-block awareness of nutrition values for everyday foods

2. Presented in hand-size format, combining the proven principles of flash cards, playing-cards and collectable cards

3. The card-reverse depicts nutrition values in the prescribed scheme for national food-labelling, using the science-led format

4. The front of the card translates these same values into a simplified, easier-to-remember arrangement (see algorithm below)

5.  Optical scanning codes, for mobile phones or hand-held scanners, give optional access to supporting data applications.

6. Two starter packs (50 cards in each set) will encompass fundamental foods plus popular processed foods.

7. Extra, smaller packs will cater for special-order favourites, exotic foods or recipe foods

EU and UK food-labelling standards require the presentation of nutrition values per 100g expressed as absolutes. First,  the total calories in kj and kcals. Then the calorie-generating nutrients of Protein, Carbohydrates (including sugars) and Fat (including saturates). And finally the calorie deficient nutrients of Fibre and Sodium (salt).

This is a science-driven scheme. The Foodcounts algorithm will convert this data into a simplified, child-friendly information source.

It relies on 3 facts:

1. There exists a simple nutrition formula which says that on average:

  • 1 gram of protein = 4 calories

  • 1 gram of carbohydrates = 4 calories

  • 1 gram of fat = 9 calories

2.  Food labelling, although expressed as absolute values are not reliable as such. There are multiple variables which we proved in our submission to the House of Commons select committee on calorie comparisons and has since been further confirmed by more influential commentary and later given popular coverage in the Daily Mail

3. The normal  or average portion of consumed foods will rarely be 100 grams.

Applying the algorithm against a given food:
 

Protein (per 100 grams) x 4 x average portion (gram factor)  =  Simplified Protein Value expressed as a calorie equivalent
         round-up or round down-factor

Plus +

Carbs (per 100grams) x 4 x average portion (gram factor)  =  Simplified Carbs Value expressed as a calorie equivalent
         round-up or round-down factor

Plus +

Fats (per 100grams) x 7 x average portion (gram factor)  =  Simplified Fats Value expressed as a calorie equivalent
         round-up or round-down factor

Equals =

Simplified total calorie value per food item or food portion (check against prime calorie source)

 

Algorithm is completed by exception reporting of non-calorie nutrients including of fibre, salt, vitamins etc

 

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