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Sunday, April 16, 2000

DietPower Wins RDA Race

Popular nutrition software is first to include new antioxidant allowances

DANBURY, Conn. (April 16, 2000)—DietPower, Inc., today released a version of its personal nutrition and weight-management software incorporating the new Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for selenium and vitamins C and E. The release came just six days after a government panel announced the changes.

"We try to act quickly when there's news affecting millions of people's health," said DietPower founder and chairman Terry Dunkle. "Our team worked virtually round the clock." Dunkle approved the final changes at 3:15 this morning.

Version 2.4 is DietPower's third release since January 1998, when the company unveiled the first Windows program that can guarantee reaching a goal weight on a target date. The program achieves this feat by monitoring the user's metabolic rate and showing the user how to adjust meals and activities accordingly. Besides calories eaten and burned in exercise, DietPower keeps users aware of their intake of 33 major and minor nutrients. [Click here to learn more about DietPower .]

The new RDAs were announced last Monday [April 10, 2000] by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academies, which Congress chartered in 1863 to provide scientific information to the U.S. government.

The Board's report climaxed years of debate about antioxidants, compounds in food that prevent damage from oxidation in the body's cells and are thought to combat aging. People who eat antioxidant-rich foods—especially fresh fruits and vegetables—seem less prone to cancer, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, macular degeneration, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and certain complications of diabetes.

Armed with this evidence, many experts have urged people to take daily supplements of the best known antioxidants, vitamins C and E and the mineral selenium. Many have also advised taking carotenes, substances that the body converts to a fourth antioxidant, vitamin A.

Others argue that something else in these foods may be responsible for their health-promoting effects, and that taking supplements in large doses may be dangerous.

The Board's new report offered comfort to both sides. On the one hand, it raised the Recommended Dietary Allowance of vitamins C and E—almost doubling them in some categories. On the other, it identified Tolerable Upper Limits for all three; lowered the RDA for selenium in men; and refused to set allowances for carotenes, declaring that too little is known about their long-term effects.

For most adults, the report recommends:

In addition, the report set these Tolerable Upper Intake Levels:

Most important, the NRC report advised people to get their antioxidants from food, not supplements.

"That's exactly what DietPower was invented for," said Dunkle. "The program keeps you aware of your intake of every nutrient in real time as you log your meals. You can see your levels for the past day, week, month, quarter, and year. And it automatically adjusts your daily requirements for age, sex, and reproductive status." (Requirements for teenagers and pregnant or nursing women differ from those cited above.)

DietPower has won positive reviews (see www.dietpower.com/reviews/) in leading health and fitness magazines and journals. On the Internet, it won a 5 Star rating from the popular news service ZDNet. Reviewers praise the program for its combination of scientific rigor and user friendliness.

DietPower comes in three forms: 1) a personal edition that can handle up to nine users within a household, 2) a large-group edition for health clubs, corporate wellness programs and the like, and 3) a consultant's edition for doctors, nutritionists, sports trainers and other personal advisers. Although it's designed for Windows, DietPower will also run on a Mac equipped with PC-emulator software such as Virtual PC.

A free 15-day trial of the the latest version of DietPower is available on a CD-ROM or by downloading from www.dietpower.com, where users can also order a $49.99* "unlock code" that makes the program work permanently. For further information, company contacts are at www.dietpower.com/contact_us.php.

DietPower is not sold in stores.

On June 12, 2008, this was lowered to $39.99.

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