How healthy is the meal: an analysis of recipe data
Today I find epicurious data on my plate and decided to look into the interconnection between ratings, nutrients, ingredients, meals, seasons, holidays and cooking techniques.
Overview of recipe data
The dataset from Epicurious website contains the rating, nutritional component (calories, fat and protein) as well as tags of recipes, which looks like this:
These tags are also used in navigation menus.
Each recipe have multiple tags conveying a plurality of information:
- state name: i.e. Alabama
- meal type: i.e.brunch
- holiday: i.e.4th of Jul
- season: i.e.summer
- dietary concerns: i.e.vegetarian
- technique: i.e.braise
- ingredient: i.e.beef
Rating vs nutrients
On the 5-point rating scale we classify 4–5 rating as good, 3 as ok, less than 3 as bad.
We can see the better rated recipes have more calories, proteins, sodium and in general more fat.
Next we can look at content of calories, fat, protein, sodium among meals tagged with different seasons, holidays, techniques etc.
Nutrients vs meals
We observe brunch recipes tend to be low in fat, while breakfast is relatively high in protein and sodium.
Nutrients vs seasonal meals
Not much variation between meals of different season in terms of protein and sodium.
Nutrients vs holiday meals
Nutrients vs cooking techniques