Computer-aided Analysis of Dietary Nutrient and Fibre Intakes in Gastroenterology
In gastroenterology, assessment of food intake may be of value in the detection of dietary inadequacy and in planning and monitoring its treatment. The two major areas of interest are dietary fibre and protein/energy intakes. Dietary fibre is one of the major factors considered important in maintaining normal gut function. Among all hospital patients but especially those with gastrointestinal problems, protein/ energy malnutrition is common (Burnham 1982); there is evidence to suggest that this may result in an increased susceptibility to infection and postoperative complications. No accurate, simple and quick method of assessment of food containing these nutrients exists.
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