Nutrient Analysis of Menu Items

MealSuite monitors the nutrient values of menu items to ensure that diet types are adhered to.

Nutrient Analysis Tab

When you open a menu to the menu day view, the Nutrient Analysis tab is available (screenshot below), which displays the nutrient values of the menu items for the menu’s selected diet type (e.g., regular diet type). If a menu is an extended menu, then a different diet type can be selected from the Diet/Texture button at the top of the screen.

The Nutrient Analysis tab displays nutrient values from the following groups:

  • MacroNutrients

  • Minerals

  • Vitamins

  • Fatty Acids

You have the ability to determine what nutrients are displayed in each group. This is done via Tools & Setup > Recipe Tools > Key Nutrients tab > Menu Edit sub tab. For more information, see Selecting Key Nutrients.

Displaying the Nutrient Values

From the drop-down at the top left of the Nutrient Analysis tab, you can select to display nutrient values of menu items from the different choices your menu supports. In addition, from the drop-down, there is also the Average option, which displays the average amount of a nutrient across the different choices the menu supports (the average is calculated by summing a nutrient amount for each choice and dividing by the number of choices the menu supports).

Monitoring Nutrient Values

Through the Nutrient Analysis tab, you can monitor if a daily value for a nutrient is either below or above the parameters set for that nutrient. Note that the nutrient value parameters (i.e., the minimum, ideal and maximum values) are set for a diet type via Tools & Setup > Diet Orders (see Viewing/Changing Nutritional Parameters of a Diet Type for more information).

  • When a nutrient value is within its parameter range, meaning above the minimum value and below the maximum value, the Total cell appears in green. Hovering your cursor over the cell indicates what the ideal value is for the nutrient.

     

  • When a nutrient value is not within its parameter range, either below the minimum value or above the maximum value, the Total cell appears in red.

     

  • A down arrow in a red cell indicates that the nutrient value is below the minimum value set for it. Hovering your cursor over the cell indicates what the recommended minimum value is.

     

  • An up arrow in a red cell indicates that the nutrient value is above the maximum value set for it. Hovering your cursor over the cell indicates what the recommended maximum value is.

Analyzing Nutrients of Specific Menu Items

You have the ability to analyze nutrients of specific menu items that you choose across the different choices that your menu supports. To do so:

  1. On the Nutritional Analysis tab, click the Select Menu Items button. The Menu Item To Analyze pop-up appears. The drop-down at the top of the pop-up is a filter that allows you to display items from a specific choice, or from all choices by selecting the All option.

     

  2. Select the items you want to analyze. For each selection, the pop-up refreshes with “[x] items selected” at the top left.

  3. Click the Save button to apply your changes. The Nutrient Analysis tab refreshes to display the nutrient values of the selected items. To indicate that specific items have been selected for analysis, the tab displays Custom Selection in the drop-down and also displays “[x] items selected for analysis”.

Note: The drop-down in the Nutrient Analysis tab does not display Custom Selection if it so happens that the items you specifically selected to analyze match the items from a choice. Instead, the drop-down displays the choice that happened to be matched.

Viewing Nutrient of Each Menu Item

To view the nutrients of each item in the menu, click the Nutrient Analysis button. The Nutrient Analysis window appears listing each nutrient as columns and each menu item as a row. Use the scroll bar at the bottom of the window to scroll through the nutrients.