With MètaDieta, it is possible to produce detailed medical histories supported by a rich food database that includes pictures of serving sizes, and which is constantly updated with information gathered from Italy’s primary official databases (INRAN/IEO, Rev. 2008/ADI). The database contains more than 4,500 foods/recipes and 114 bromatological components, including Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load, ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) and PRAL (Potential Renal Acid Load). The food archive can be personalized by the user, and data can be modified and enhanced (new foods, new recipes, and new pictures). MètaDieta is flexible, customizable, and capable of processing nutritional plans in real time. The software’s many calculation functions (allocation of nutritional target, multi-equivalency of foods, and food assumption frequency, etc.), allows the user to calibrate the patient’s diet in accordance to personal preferences: single day with alternatives, or multi-day or weekly diets.
Nutritionists can also make use of a basic archive of meal plans for a variety of physiological and pathological conditions to customize patient’s needs, including veganism or vegetarianism. MètaDieta allows the application of (printable) food selection filters on the basis of a range of parameters, such as seasonal availability of foods, as well as a patient’s medical condition (whether single or multiple), food intolerance, allergies, alternative nutrition regimes (ovo-lacto vegetarianism, lacto vegetarianism, ovo vegetarianism, or veganism), and tastes. By relying upon data on body mass fat, as well as circumference and diameter values, weight and height, the Anthropo-Plicometric Module allows to conduct an in-depth analysis of a patient’s somatometry, arthrometry, body composition and basal metabolic rate. The Bioimpedance Module integrates the software with a designated area to be populated with bioimpedance data gathered both from Akern products’ users and users of other brands. Furthermore, MètaDieta includes an innovative Medical History and Physical Activity Prescription Module which allows the medical specialist to prepare a detailed physical activity plan for the patient. Concerning management of pregnant and nursing patients, a specific module shows the amount of caloric intake required (as well as the appropriate weight increase) in accordance to LARN 1996 and LARN 2014. MètaDieta also features a Pediatric Module which relies upon percentile and anthropo-plicometric measurements of children and adolescents between 0 and 17 years of age to evaluate the nutritional status of pediatric patients. The LARN Module shows healthy patients’ macro- and micronutrients requirements based upon sex, age, weight and physiological state (adults, children and adolescents), also
indicating possible deviations that may emerge during the preparation of nutritional plans. The module has been updated to contain the last LARN (IV) revision issued in October 2014. Multiple options allow a patient’s nutritional plan to be printed in a completely customized format. In addition to standard-size and/or photographic prints, it is possible to produce reports in both home and industrial formats. Furthermore, it is possible to print grocery lists, as well as multi-day diets (from 2 to 99), the latter in compact format (7 days on a single sheet).