How Does Your NBFTE Function Work?
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The NBFTE is the acronym for the NutriBase “Next Best Food To Eat.”

The NutriBase NBFTE Button will tell you the next best food to eat (in a common serving size) based on what you have eaten so far today and compared to your NBFTE goals of up to 25 vitamins and minerals.

The NBFTE also uses your “other goals” – goals for Calories, Protein, Carbohydrates, Fat, Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, and Sodium - to exclude undesired foods.

The “NBFTE” Button will appear in the center of your Food Log after you have logged in at least 15% of your calories for the day. Once you have recorded 15% of your calories and the “NBFTE” Button appears, you are ready to use this function. We recommend, however, that you do a bit of setup first.

In the Nutrient Summary section of your Food Log Window (upper right corner), take a look at your Log Details. You can change the date for the day you are interested in working with. After you confirm the date is correct, click the Progress Tab at the bottom of this Nutrient

Summary section to open your Progress Window:

This window provides you with feedback regarding what you have eaten. As you begin adding your NBFTE’s, watch the information in the Progress Tab. You can see how close you are to obtaining 100% of your vitamin and mineral goals. You can also see your cumulative calorie in¬take. And you can see your overall NDI. Your goal will be to reach 100% of your vitamin and mineral goals before your reach your Calorie Goal. This will result in a higher NDI score. You are now you are ready to give the NBFTE Button a try.

The NBFTE Button will appear in your Food Log as soon as you have logged in 15% of your calories for the day. When the button appears, click it. This will display the “Next Best Food to Eat” window:

Your detailed Percent of Goals (POG) Summary is presented on the right side of this window. Use the scroll bar to see individual POG’s.

Set any desired options. For example, if you are trying to limit your carbohydrates, you could set a limit on the number of grams of carbohydrates a food item may contain. This would exclude any foods with carbohydrate values higher than desired. You can also set upper limits for calories, protein, and fat, if desired.

Click the “Find foods” Button to have NutriBase generate a list of commonly eaten foods for you to consider eating next. The first item in the list will be the most effective food for bringing you closer to each of your NBFTE goals. The second food item will be your second best option for bringing you closer to all of your NBFTE goals. Etc.

When your search results appear, you will see your “Filter Categories” option. Click the down arrow to select food categories of interest. When you select a food category, NutriBase will display the NBFTE foods by food category, sorted from high-to-low.


1) NBFTE results come from the USDA nutrient database. Compared to the Brand Name database, the USDA database provides far more values for the vitamins and minerals we need to evaluate when we calculate NDI’s and NBFTE’s. Brand name data is not suitable for high end analysis because it almost always excludes the vitamin and mineral data that our NDI and NBFTE algorithms rely on.

2) A consequence of using the USDA database is that the foods that appear in your NBFTE listing will tend to be mostly non-brand named foods – vegetables, fruits, cereals, meats, etc. You won’t see many restaurant foods, frozen entrees, or packaged foods recommended (fortified ready-to-eat cereals are an exception). We excluded things you probably wouldn’t eat – like a cup of flour or a tablespoon of baking powder.

4) The NutriBase NBFTE algorithm treats missing values in your band name data as zeros. If you record a lot of brand name foods to your Food Log, this will make the calculations somewhat less accurate. This will cause the NBFTE function to recommend foods that may be somewhat more nutritious than if you had eaten foods exclusively from the USDA database.

5) You will see colored backgrounds behind values for Sodium, Cholesterol, and Saturated Fat. These are Alerts. Alerts indicate whether the value is zero low, medium, or high. The colors move from dark green, to light green, to yellow, and to red. Green is good. Red, not so much. Click your help icon for an explanation of NBFTE and a color-coded Alert Chart.

This topic updated 07/26/2015

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