Create an optimal diet from USDA's food composition database using linear programming.
Author kavir1698
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December 2020


Create a diet with minimum calorie intake while fulfilling all recommended micro- and macro-nutrients. Using USDA's food composition database and linear programming, it finds a personalized diet given your age, sex, weight, and food preference. You can exclude specific foods or complete food categories. It is also possible to exclude nutrients from constraints.

It makes sure that your intake of the following nutrients is within the recommended range while minimizing calories: Calcium, Carbohydrate, Choline, Copper, Fluoride, Folate, Histidine, Iron, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Magnesium, Manganese, Methionine+cysteine, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phenylalanine+tyrosine, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein, Riboflavin, Selenium, Sodium, Thiamin, Threonine, Total Fiber, Tryptophan, Valine, Vitamin A, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, and Zinc.

Currently, the minimum calories of a diet that fulfills all recommended nutrients is much more than the recommended calorie intake. I am not sure why this happens. Possibly it is a result of recommended daily intake values, which cannot be fulfilled without taking too much calories. I welcome any comments about this issue.


using DietRecommender

your_age = 22
your_sex = "male"
your_weight = 70 # in kilograms

diet_ids, diet_names, diet_amounts, m, status, objval, yval = get_diet(your_age, your_sex, your_weight)
Optimization status: LOCALLY_SOLVED 

Calorie intake: 5054 

Your recommended diet per day:

1. Egg, yolk, dried: 2.454 grams
2. Raisins, seedless: 1514.629 grams
3. Asparagus, cooked, boiled, drained: 232.107 grams
4. Spinach, cooked, boiled, drained, without salt: 109.184 grams
5. Asparagus, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt: 152.499 grams
6. Carrots, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt: 199.236 grams
7. Mushrooms, shiitake, cooked, with salt: 14.097 grams
8. Spinach, cooked, boiled, drained, with salt: 87.436 grams
9. Mushrooms, brown, italian, or crimini, exposed to ultraviolet light, raw: 45.555 grams
10. Crustaceans, shrimp, mixed species, cooked, breaded and fried: 104.196 grams
11. Mollusks, oyster, eastern, wild, cooked, dry heat: 49.396 grams


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