The History of "Microdiet"

The first "Microdiet" was written twenty years ago in Basic for the BBC computer and was provided for a dietitian adding up by hand the nutrients in the diet of a child being treated for food allergies. The program was written by staff at the University of Salford. Other dietitians began asking for copies and so the University began to market the product commercially.

Later versions were written in Pascal for personal computers using DOS. The most recent version of the program is written for Microsoft Windows using the powerful Pascal based Delphi Windows development system.

The question was asked "Wouldn't it be nice if instead of listing the foods and calculating the nutrients we could put in the nutrients and calculate the foods". After several years of research, this option is now available in the latest Windows version of the program. We believe this approach has great potential for many application.