Dietplan7 is the successor to Dietplan5 (1991) and Dietplan6 (2003). It is a user-friendly computer program for the nutrition analysis of recipe, meals, menus and personal weighed-intake food diaries. It runs on a PC under 32 and 64 bit versions of Microsoft Windows, from Windows XP to Windows 10. Dietplan7 will also run on any Apple Mac computer under OS X from version 10.6, Snow Leopard to 10.12, Sierra.
The software is constantly kept up to date via updates that can either be installed from within Dietplan itself or downloaded and installed from the Support page here on this site.
There are two versions of the software: Dietplan7 Professional and Dietplan7 Personal They are identical in the nutritional analysis tasks they can perform, but each is intended for a different type of user.
Dietplan7 Professional is the version for use in an organisation or department where more than one person may be using the software and each user can be given specific privileges by an appointed administrator. Depending on the type and number of licences purchased, it can be run as a self-contained program on one or more desktop or laptop computers, or it can be installed onto a network server where the data can be accessed and shared simultaneously by users on different workstations.
The Dietplan7 Personal version is for use by one person. It can be one of two models: Installed, where the software is loaded onto one specific computer and runs on that machine alone, or Portable where the software is supplied pre-installed on a flash drive that can be simply plugged into the USB port of any host computer, either Windows or Mac, and run without any explicit installation. All work is saved on the drive, so you can simply unplug it and carry it with you, then continue exactly where you left off when you use it again either on the same, or any other computer.
There is no defined minimum hardware configuration for running Dietplan7. In practice, any PC running Windows XP or later, or a Mac running OS X will have more than enough capacity to run Dietplan.
Dietplan7 can handle food tables from multiple sources and data from any source can be included in any recipe, menu or personal food diary without restriction. The Dietplan7 database is pre-installed with the full set of UK food tables - all the foods and nutrients from the 7th Edition of McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of foods plus the revised Composition of Foods Integrated Data Set.
Nutrient data is available from a number of other sources. At the current release they are contained in two database files, which are available both on the Dietplan7 installation CD and on line. One file contains product data from UK suppliers, the other contains other national food tables. Respectively, these tables and their data-source codes are:
UK supplier product tables
ABT Abbott Nutrition *
BKS Brakes *
DBN Danone Baby Nutrition
FRS Fresenius Kabi Ltd *
MJN Mead Johnson Nutrition *
NCC Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition *
NES Nestlé Health Science *
PSC Pepsico International *
SAF South Asian cooked foods
TVF Tillery Valley Foods *
Other national food tables
FLV USDA Flavonoid data *
IFL USDA Isoflavone data
IRL Irish Food Composition Database
N10 Australia/New Zealand NUTTAB 2010
USD U.S.Dept of Agriculture SR 27 2014 *
* Updated in Dietplan7
These food and product tables can be selectively imported into the live database from within Dietplan itself.