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July 8, 2002

Meal Planning, Food and Diet

Question from Acworth, Georgia, USA:

What computer software program do you recommend for recipes? I'm using one from Cooking Light, but is there one that includes all the sugar substitutes, etc? If a recipe doesn't have nutritional analysis included, it's nice to be able to input the ingredients into this program and find out how many carbohydrates, etc., it has.


Our team dietitian recommends MasterCook Deluxe. It has a pretty large database of foods. You can find sugar substitutes by looking for items with 0 calories, 0 protein, 0 carbs and 0 fat. It also has the capacity to add to the database. So, you can add foods that aren’t in the regular database (e.g., specialty products or name brands).


[Editor’s comment: Also see CalorieKing.com.


[Editor’s comment: Also, see Computerized Meal Planning.