My Fitness Pal results: a nutrition expert weighs in
From Dr. Katz, via email:
I think it also shows that knowledge is power! It is very easy to be oblivious to what you are eating- and if you don't know it's broken, you won't be inclined to fix it. This exercise shows how awareness of deficiencies in the diet empower us to do something about them.
But, finally- a precautionary note. A little bit of knowledge CAN be a dangerous thing! The overall quality of the diet matters greatly- but there are differing views on such things as iron intake. In the absence of deficiency or anemia, and other than around the time of pregnancy, a bit LESS iron in the diet than is commonly recommended might actually be a good thing. So while attention to the 'trees' of individual nutrients is potentially important, it is less important than seeing the 'forest' of an overall dietary pattern that is truly good for health."