It would add a set of nutritional groups: Protein, Fruits, Vegetables, and Carbs. A food item can count for multiple groups. All items crafted from the base items listed count toward each group.
- Protein would include the meats, fish, rotten flesh, and spiders eye. It would also include anything crafted from mushroom, egg, or milk.
- Fruits would include apples, melons and chorus fruit. I’m going to put anything crafted from pumpkin here because pumpkins are the fruiting body of the plant.
- Vegetables would be carrots, potatoes, beetroot, and dried kelp.
- Carbs would be potatoes, and anything crafted from wheat or sugar.
This would make rabbit stew the most balanced food currently in the game, as it gives protein, vegetables, and carbs. New recipes that give a variety of nutrition values should be released with this system. Similarly, more foods should be added to flesh out each category. Specifically, vegan protein options such as beans, more fruit variety, more vegetable variety, and more carb variety would be good ideas.
The indicator of how well or poorly you are doing on your nutrition would be a dot in a corner of each food item, perhaps in the lower left. The dot would be green if you should be eating that food, yellow if you are in a good place with that food, and red if you have eaten too much in comparison to other kinds. This indication system means that there is no detailed nutrition interface and the details on how you are doing on your nutrition are hidden. However, you can get all the information you need by looking at a variety of base food items, such as beef, apples, carrots, and bread.
If the dot is red it takes longer to eat the food, and if you continue to eat the food it will take even longer to eat. There should probably be a max cap on how long it takes, but I’m not sure what is reasonable.
The benefit of keeping the different kinds of food in balance is to make these actions increase your exhaustion level less (Link Here). Because of this benefit, you will use saturation and food slower and need to eat less often.
A food item that is a mixture of more than one type cannot turn red until all the types would be red. As such, you can eat potatoes as usual until you have both vegetables and carbs overfilled.
(Allowing bowl based food items to stack would help with this, as Rabbit Stew is the most balanced current recipe and Mushroom Stew is the only vegan protein option. Similarly, Beetroot Soup is the best food option that gives only vegetable).
MacchuPicchu96 and I came up with this idea together.
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