Using basic functions
Applies to users of all packages
Adding raw materials
To add your raw materials, which make up your recipes, enter the category "Raw materials catalog" and activate the "Add" button. Each raw material should have a unique name, also give the name of the supplier's or producer's company to make it easier to distinguish this raw material from similar and recording the specification number will fully protect you against mistakes in using the raw material for the recipes. The addition of obligatory fields consists in entering data that are required on the label of pre-packaged products and are the basis for calculating nutritional values in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of October 25, 2011. Other data may be omitted if you are not interested in including them in the results for this recipe. However, if your raw materials are characterized by a wealth of vitamins, minerals or have characteristics that are worth showing to the consumer, it is worth entering this data so that they are shown in the reports.
Catalog of raw materials
The "Raw materials catalog" section contains a complete list of raw materials you have entered, as well as lists of raw materials from external suppliers offering their raw materials to users of the calculator. Each of your own raw materials can be edited in order to change or delete. Please remember that each time you edit the data, please confirm your changes by using the "Save" function
To convert nutritional values for a particular recipe, it should be entered via the function "Recalculate a new recipe" in the top menu or through the "Add new" function in the "Recipe list" tab. To enter a new recipe, you should name the recipe in a unique way, preferably with the name associated with the finished product, eg "Banana cake", add a recipe number given by yourself or in your company's circulation, and give the portion size for a given recipe. The calculator calculates values for 100g each time, therefore it is important to specify the portion size because this is the basis for calculating the portion. After specifying the name, number and size of the portion, we assign to the recipe the appropriate raw materials from which this recipe is made. When you start typing the name of the raw material, after entering the first letters, the calculator suggests displaying the names of the suggested raw materials under the field being filled. Clicking the suggested name helps you choose the right raw material. The assignment of the raw material to the recipe takes place by accepting with the "Add" button after pre-entering the percentage amount for the given recipe. After assigning all raw materials to a given recipe, save it by clicking on the "Save and go to calculations" button. This saved recipe is available on the "Recipe List".
Modification of recipes
To introduce a modification to the saved recipe, enter it and use the "Change recipe" option that transfers to the page where each saved recipe element can now be changed. The most important thing to remember - if you modify the recipe to save it as a new one, you should change its name and number. If we do not change the name and number and save other changes in the recipe, it will change and previously generated reports (calculation results) will be deleted and to generate new reports for the modified recipe, we need to recompute it.
Recalculation of recipes
To perform the value calculation for a single recipe, first enter the recipe by assigning raw materials to it, then use the option "Generate reports". Reports are the results of calculations. The basic functions of the calculator include generating a report on mandatory nutritional values and energy values, in the form of separate tables and in total. In order to get wider possibilities of calculating the optional values and expanding the calculator's possibilities, you should buy the FOODCAL MAX extension module.
Creating complex recipes
Selecting the function "Recompose a compound recipe" we go to the page that allows you to compose a recipe composed of several individual recipes. Such a recipe should be called, it is best to give it a unique number and, of course, give the size of the portion. Then enter the names of the individual recipes entered into the database one by one and confirm the selection each time. After entering all the recipes to convert "Save and go to calculations". This saved recipe is available on the "List of compound recipes"
Calculation of nutritional values
To calculate the nutritional values for the recipe, enter it and save with the "Save and go to calculations" button. Then the recipe is saved under its name on the "List of recipes" and there is a new function "generate reports for this recipe" which starts to generate and display reports containing the results of calculations for this recipe, in this case the results should be read from the report "Nutrition table "
Calculation of energy values
To calculate energy values for a recipe, the same should be done in the same way as in the calculation of nutritional values from the energy values table.
Generating results reports
Saving the recipe under its name on the "List of recipes" causes the launch of a new function "generate reports for this recipe" which, when launched, generates and shows reports containing the results of calculations in the form of tables. Each user has access to results reports, which shows:
Table of nutritional values
Table of energy values
Users using the "Extender" will also have additional reports available:
Table of non-obligatory values
Table of vitamins content
Mineral content table
Using special functions
Applies to users of the extension module
Memorization in the form of a PDF
Only available to users with the FOODCAL MAX Expansion Module. Each report can be displayed in the form of a PDF document, you can save it in this form on a disk or print it.
Only available to users who have the FOODCAL MAX Expansion Module and connection to the printer. It is necessary to generate a document for the selected report and then print it.
Calculation of RWS (GDA) values
To calculate the RWS values for the recipe, the same procedure should be used as for the calculation of nutritional values. Only the result should be read from the RWS value table.
The RWS report is only available to users who have the FOODCAL MAX Extender.
Calculation of optional nutritional values
To calculate the energy values for the recipe, the same should be done as in the calculation of mandatory nutrients, only the result read from the table of optional nutritional values. This report is only available to users who have the FOODCAL MAX Expansion Module.
Calculation of vitamin content
To calculate the value of vitamins for the recipe, you should proceed in the same way as in the calculation of nutritional values only the result read from the vitamin content table. This report is only available to users who have the FOODCAL MAX Expansion Module.
Calculation of mineral content
To calculate the value of vitamins for a recipe, you should proceed in the same way as in the calculation of nutritional values only the result read from the table of mineral content. This report is only available to users who have the FOODCAL MAX Expansion Module.
Other information and instructions
Applies to all users
The modules expand the functionality and capabilities of the Nutrition Calculator with special functions. You can now purchase the FOODCAL MAX Expansion Module. This module is purchased once for a given account. The module works with all types of subscription. The use of special functions is only available to users who have the FOODCAL MAX Expansion Module which will definitely increase your capabilities. Special functions in the field of calculation are: RWS calculation, calculation of optional nutritional values, vitamin content, mineral content. The calculator also has special functions in terms of its usability and the use of the Expansion Module allows you to generate reports in the form of PDF, send reports directly by e-mail, and print reports on your printer.
The legal basis for developing the results of the Nutrition Calculator is Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament concerning food products.
Warranty and updates
The user is entitled to a 100% reliability guarantee when using the Nutrition Calculator. In the event of unforeseen difficulties in the use of the calculator, provision is made for compensation in the form of extension of the subscription by the days in which the problem occurred. Each purchase or renewal of the subscription includes free updates during the period of use. Updates to the Expansion Module are always free. The active user always has access to the latest version of the calculator.