It would not let me answer on google answers for some reason. This is the RDA Calculator we used in my Nutrition Class in college:
You put in your dietary intake and tells you where you met, overdid, and missed in respect to RDA. I had to use it for a school assignment.
I am currently conducting a survey of malnutritioned and starving tea workers on plantations in northeastern India.
You can read about the survey here:
We are systematically finding out exactly how much food (1.5 kg rice, .5 kg potato, etc.) each family ate in the last 24 hours, and then plan on calculating caloric intake, counting children as half an adult for the formula. As we are still collecting data, I do not yet have the formula, so let me know what you find and vice-versa.
We are also looking at BMI (Body Mass Index) to prove malnutrition.
Good luck and I look forward to hearing from you,
2 types of malnutrition:
marasmus: fat(-), protein(-)
kwashiorkor: only protein(-) result is edema liver dysfunction
different levels of resistance:
obese people can fast >1yr
normal weight people ~ 2months
a child? babys are the problem
anthropometry instead of BMI?
anthropometry measures the subcutaneous fat and is said to be more adequate in measuring malnutrition, but i dnt knw bout that exactly ...
protein is about 0.6 g/kg
(higher if already malnourished)
(9 essential amino acids)
fat 30% of calories
RDAs for vitamines differ by factor 2-3 for infants/ adults
same for elements (e.g. Ca², Iodine) they are age-dependend
i guess u ll find food-pyramids everywhere in the www, i dnt see how to meet the recommandations by peanuts from the side of the road etc, looks like an agricultural problem, NGOs deal with that, too.
There is a nutrient database for about 6000 foods on the USDA web site at http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/ Looks a bit technical but maybe it will be of some us to you.
Best of luck with the travels.