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There is widespread debate whether bread is healthy. Participants are free to choose whether to eat bread or not. Scientific studies can be searched on the internet and discussed here on the wiki.
 
There is widespread debate whether bread is healthy. Participants are free to choose whether to eat bread or not. Scientific studies can be searched on the internet and discussed here on the wiki.
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== Diary ==
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Diary such as milk, butter and cream are important to make food tasty (for instance cream improves the taste of tomato soup). However they require a relatively high level of complexity so early settlers might have to do without them.
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== Vegetable oil ==
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Important for cooking. Leftovers can be processed to make bio fuel relatively easily. Making vegetable oil might be relatively difficult.

Revision as of 19:55, 22 February 2013

This is a database of food, which includes all the necessary information to permit automated selection, based on defined criteria, of optimum foods based on locally available resources, such as land surface, soil fertility, availability of water, per person calorie target, etc.

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Nutrients

There are several categories of food nutrients. The common ones are water, energy (measured in (kilo)calories or kilojules), carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. The minerals are directly absorbed by the plant from the soil, therefore any minerals a plant has must be present in the soil for the plant to grow. Vitamins are organic compounds that an organism doesn't produce in sufficient quantities and must be ingested; although different organisms have a different set of compounds considered vitamins, any references to Vitamins in this database assume these are for Humans. All foods have some degree (or ratio, per energy output) of carbohydrates, fats and proteins; all fats and protein can be absorbed and digested, and used to produce energy or other metabolic functions; only simple carbohydrates can be absorbed and turned into energy, whilst some complex carbohydrates can be absorbed onced cooked; Humans cannot absorb or use complex carbohydrates like uncooked starches, soluble fibre or celulose for producing energy, however some of these may feed gut bacteria, some of which produces vitamins and other nutrients as by-products.

The nutrient database used by this wiki is sourced, at this time, solely from the USDA publicly available database.

Plants

Tubers

Tubers are rich in starchy carbohydrates, and usually fast growing. Can be easily grown in greenhouses and vertical farming.

Roots

Roots are rich in sugars and other carbohydrates, and usually fast growing. Can be easily grown in greenhouses and vertical farming.

Squashes

Pulses

Fruit

Greens

Fungi

Animals

Mamals

Birds

Reptiles

Amphibians

Marine vertebrates

Marine invertebrates

Land invertebrates

Bread

There is widespread debate whether bread is healthy. Participants are free to choose whether to eat bread or not. Scientific studies can be searched on the internet and discussed here on the wiki.

Diary

Diary such as milk, butter and cream are important to make food tasty (for instance cream improves the taste of tomato soup). However they require a relatively high level of complexity so early settlers might have to do without them.

Vegetable oil

Important for cooking. Leftovers can be processed to make bio fuel relatively easily. Making vegetable oil might be relatively difficult.

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