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2019 First Module Proves Recipe Balancing

2019 Onwards We Are Seeking Funding For The Obvious Next Steps

Through the generosity of the Brydie Lauder Charitable Trust and Callaghan Innovation (NZ) we have successfully created our first module. This proves our algorithms can produce viable balanced recipes matching an individuals food prescription of Fat, Protein and Carbohydrate. We believe this is a world first.

What is the Need

Children with Refractory Epilepsy don’t respond to Anti Epilepsy drugs and may have hundreds of seizures per day.

For some, significant improvement of seizure count (50% patients achieve 50% reduction) and cognitive ability, or even seizure freedom (10%), can be achieved through Nutritional Ketosis induced through Ketogenic Dietary Therapy in a clinical setting.

This is not to be confused with the fad weight loss diets found online. This is an evidence based high fat diet of up to 90% fat, careful management and measurement sometimes to 0.1 gram for ingredients. Patient responses to Ketone levels are individual, likewise required Calorie intake is individual. Changing personalised food prescriptions and resulting changing recipes, are prepared for patients as they start, maintain, grow and wean off Ketogenic Dietary Therapy.

The problem is this is time consuming for Registered Dietitians, and difficult and time consuming for patient families. Accessibility and compliance are traditional issues for Ketogenic Therapy.

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.

Who are the Team

We have a small flexible team with broad medical and application development skills.

We have a Canadian Ketogenic Registered Dietitian internationally known in her field, and a New Zealand Ketogenic Registered Dietitian. Our developers are based in Christchurch, New Zealand. We have oversight from a NZ CEO with extensive international health application development experience.

Andrew Smith manages the KetoSuite project and enquiries can be made directly to him by email at info@ketosuite.com