What do the indicator bars show?
Energy bar shows the amount of energy the selected food items or meal contains in relation to the recommended energy intake. Calculations are based on the Finnish nutritional recommendations and depend on the user’s age, gender and bodyweight. Moderate physical activity is assumed.
Nutritional quality shows the nutrient balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, sugars, salts, vitamins, minerals and microelements in the food. The intake of each nutrient is divided by the nutrient-specific recommendations.
Environmental impact indicates the impact of food production on the environment. The value is calculated as the weighted and normalized of three factors (weighting in parentheses): CO2 - the carbon footprint (61%), eutrophication impact (PO4) on the Baltic sea (28%) and pesticides (MCPA) used during food production (11%).
Toxic exposure indicates whether the food plate or individual food items contain certain contaminants. Calculations are based on the contaminant-specific concentration data in different food items, tolerable weekly intakes (TWI) and the user’s bodyweight. Toxic exposure contains the concentrations of the 17 contaminants.
See more detailed explanations: Web application "Foodplate - how to make reasonable choices?" Background paper (.pdf 0,8Mb). Anne Aan, Liina Laumets, Eva-Liisa Orula (University of Tartu), Päivi Munne and Lauri Äystö (Finnish Environment Institute), 2013.
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