What's the pricing?
The base version is totally free. It includes the full meal planning algorithm and everything you need to eat healthy. Premium is $7.99/mo and unlocks convenience features including detailed nutrient breakdowns, automatically generated shopping lists, a calorie control system, build your own functionality, unlimited meal plans, and greater meal plan customization options. We believe strongly that the core of the algorithm should always be free - premium subscribers enable us to continue offering a free version as a public service - something we feel is essential to our mission to accelerate the adoption of healthy diets, reduce the healthcare burden, and improve ecological sustainability.
Are you/Scientific Meal Planner associated in any way with NutritionFacts.org?
Why should I trust your information? Somebody else on the internet says otherwise?
The meal planning algorithm is based on information presented on nutritionfacts.org. This is a non-profit organization that spends its time reading scientific papers about nutrition and presenting them to the public. They are a non-profit with no motive to misrepresent the information. Contrast this with the various fad doctors / diets making dubious claims with no scientific backing and making a killing hawking their wares. That being said, you have to make up your own mind about whether it's a trustworthy source. In my view, there really isn't a more reliable source of nutrition information out there. I provide citations throughout the application and strive for absolute transparency. Check out the nutritionfacts introductory videos if you need convincing about a whole food plant based diet's proven benefits.
Wait, what's the problem with meat exactly?
How will I get enough protein eating plant based?
There has been a lot of unjustified emphasis on protein in popular culture. The reality of the situation is 97% of Americans get plenty of protein, including vegetarians/vegans. Meanwhile, 97% of Americans don't get enough fiber, a problem that goes away when eating sufficiently plant based.
How do I build my own meal plan?
You can build your meal plan by first generating one and then replacing each recipe with whatever you'd like. This way you can construct a meal plan and see how it scores in terms of calories, daily dozen percentage, etc.