I’ve been thinking about ways the Nutrient Profiles section of the DIY Soylent site can be improved. Right now there are lots of custom profiles, but I think a complete database of ‘official’ (government) recommendations which users can pick and choose from would be more useful.
For example, a user could choose the USDA recommendations as their default, but then override some values from another profiles, like the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations.
In order to build such a tool, I’d like to first create an exhaustive database of government RDI profiles. I’ve started it off as an open Google Spreadsheet which anyone can edit. If you’d like to help, visit the spreadsheet and start adding data :-).
Once we have some more data I can import the database into the DIY site and create a tool around it to allow an easy comparison between the different databases as well as a way to create your own customized version more easily. This would probably be an extension to the Nutrient Profile Calculator.
Of course anyone can use this database for other purposes too since it’s an open collaboration.
I’m also planning on extending the Nutritional Profiles to allow arbitrary nutrient tracking so you can start tracking whatever nutrients you like in your recipes.