First Module - Recipe Balancer
It can take up to 40 minutes to manually balance an existing complex recipe to a new food prescription. Our aim was to have this happen instantly, and then be able to adjust in real time.
A personalised food prescription for a snack, meal or day, is made up of three core numbers for Fat, Protein, Carbohydrate. This is described as a percentage of fat, or a ratio of Fat to Protein + Carbohydrate.
Individual foods, and food products also have a specific profile of Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrate. The complexity arises from having a fixed number of ingredients in a recipe, and completing the calculations to re-balance these to a target prescription of Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrate, while maintaining the ratio and still creating a recipe that bakes/cooks and is palatable.
Our application does this instantly and in real time as sliders for each ingredient are adjusted by the user. A workable recipe is maintained through an iterative process where values converge on a solution.
Achieving the calculations was not the whole technology picture. We have implemented technology that significantly aids the vehicle of creating and delivering the result.
Foods in the NZ, Canadian, and our Custom Food products databases are filtered using Meta Data. This auto grouping helps significantly with scalability. Impacting on the creation of the recipes, setting default foods and users being able to swap out ingredient foods based on what they have in their cupboards.
Our practitioners can create custom recipe sheets for an individual patient. These sheets include links and QR codes for loading the recipes directly into the balancer.