Finding the most protein-rich, low-calorie, and healthy foods with data & Graphext.

December 31, 2023
Short Studies
Victoriano Izquierdo
Victoriano Izquierdo

Food is complex data too. Hundreds of Variables to choose the right aliment for gaining muscle

As the new year unfolds, many of us are focused on health and fitness goals, with an emphasis on nutrition that supports muscle growth while maintaining a lean profile. In this quest, the ability to analyze and interpret complex nutritional data becomes crucial. At Graphext, we have utilized our advanced analytics software to create a definitive chart that helps identify the best Mercadona foods for a high-protein, low-calorie diet conducive to muscle gain in 2024. Using data from the great Open Food Fact database.

I filter the 3M products from the database to only Mercadona’s products, the supermarket with the highest market share by far in Spain, above 30%. Over 5,000 food products and hundreds of variables, such as nutrient values and additives, we've shared a project on the Public team for Graphext users, which can be accessed by simply creating a free account in Graphext :) This rich dataset provides a foundation for personalized analysis, allowing users to filter for high-protein, low-calorie foods with high Nutriscores—an indicator of overall healthfulness.

The visualization we've crafted represents a scatter plot where each point corresponds to a different food item, with the x-axis showing protein content per 100 grams and the y-axis displaying energy content in kilocalories. The size of each point indicates the amount of saturated fat, and the color corresponds to the Nutriscore, ranging from green (most healthy) to red (least healthy). The Pearson correlation suggests a moderate positive relationship between protein content and energy, which is vital information for those looking to maximize their nutritional intake without excess calories.

In a brief video tutorial, we demonstrate the ease of filtering to quickly find foods that match specific dietary requirements. Whether you are a fitness enthusiast, a health-conscious individual, or a professional nutritionist, this interactive tool can significantly streamline your search for the ideal dietary components.

This endeavor highlights how Graphext's software simplifies the complexity of nutritional data, providing actionable insights that can drive healthier food choices. By making this project accessible, we invite you to explore the myriad possibilities of data-driven nutrition planning. Join us in harnessing the power of analytics to achieve your health goals this year.


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