Baltic environment, food and health:
from habits to awareness.

User guide

How to use web application "Foodplate"?

 

  1. Open the application “Foodplate”. Insert your gender, age and weight in the empty fields - all the calculations are based on this information. Click the button “Continue” to proceed.
  2. On the next page you will find an empty lunch plate in the middle. Food item groups are on the right and indicator bars below the page. On the top of the food item groups you will find the user data, inserted earlier. It can be modified if needed.
  3. Food items are organized as drop-down menus. When you click a certain food item group, it opens up a list of various food items. Portion size in grams and energy content per portion expressed as kcal are shown next to the food item icon. In addition to the individual food items, you can also choose ready-made meals. Also those ready portions can be modified by changing the ingredients and the amounts of food items.
  4. Choose food items and drag them onto the plate. You can compare individual food items or whole meals.
  5. You can change the amount of food item in the “On the plate” box. Amount may range from 1 gram to double the initial portion weight. In case you wish to increase the portion size even more, it is possible to drag several food items onto the plate.
  6. It is possible to remove food items by dragging them away from the plate or clicking the red cross followed every single food item in the “On the plate” box.
  7. You can choose freely what you wish to eat or drink, but it is recommended to follow the general nutritional recommendations and the food plate model. According to the food plate model, 50% of your plate should consist of vegetables, fruits or berries, 25% potatoes or cereal products (e.g. pasta, rice) and 25% proteins (e.g. meat, fish, eggs).
  8. Every choice affects human health (indicator bars “Energy”, “Nutritional quality” and “Toxic exposure”) and surrounding environment (indicator bar “Environmental impact”). Indicator bars show you the energy content, nutritional quality, possible human exposure to certain contaminants and environmental impact of individual food items or their combinations.
  9. All the parameters are expressed as traffic lights, colour scale changing from green to yellow and red. Red expresses a negative impact and green indicates a positive one. The magnitude of the impact (low or high) is expressed as the height of the bars.

If you want more detailed information about the results, use the calculation model for aiding sustainable food decisions. It is available here: xlsx Foodplate evaluation tool 1.08 beta (.xlsx 1,6Mb). Programmed by Tuomas Mattila (Finnish Environment Institute, 2013).

User guide