Information these days cannot find a better place but in an iPhone application. Foodies and health-conscious individuals can just whip out their iPhones, load up an application and find out the nitty-gritty on the food they are about to put in their mouths. With these information at your fingertips, you can now make wise decisions on food planning, purchasing and consumption.
Check out the following iPhone apps that will not only give you the reviews but also the much needed information that can be advantageous to your health.
As iPhones can scan barcodes these days, you can set almost any item in-front of the camera and — voila! — information. Fooducate was developed by tech executive Hemi Weingarten whose children almost ate glow-in-the-dark yoghurt. With all these food gimmicks and absurd labeling, it is hard to tell which food products will cause harm to one’s health.
Fooducate has more than 200,000 food products in its database and it can give you instant nutrition information on your favorite products. Simply scan the barcode and the application will automatically give you a health rating. Should you find a product missing in Fooducate database, simply take a picture of the product and Fooducate will immediately conduct its own evaluation.
What’s great about this application is that makes deciphering food labels a lot easier. Should your product receive a bad grade, the application will also provide you with healthier options under the same product category. According to the website, Fooducate is developed by concerned parents and dietitians. The application is also not associated with any food manufacturers, supplement companies and other relevant corporations. And it does not cost anything at all — it’s free.
We all have the tendency to shelve our health and diet concerns when eating out. Those images of yummy dishes and plated meals seem to take the guilt and the worries away.
With the iPhone app Restaurant Nutrition, you can redirect the guilt and the worry by checking out for yourself whether you’re ordering what’s good for you. Restaurant Nutrition has 115 restaurants and 19,000 food items in its database. The application can automatically give you important nutrition facts on the food you are about to eat, from your favorite burgers to your preferred “healthy”salad.
This application also allows you to track what you eat. With its continuous restaurant updates, you can be sure that Restaurant Nutrition is always in the know of the good and the bad in your favorite restaurants. It is also a free application.
This is another iPhone app that can help you keep track of what you eat. In addition to nutrition facts, Mint Nutrition has a “Plates”feature which calculates different multiple items in your meal. You can also create your favorite plate and custom items based on the products in your house and your own recipes. You can get this app for only US$1.99.
This is a great iPhone application that generates healthy meal plans according to your diet objectives. Dietician basically tracks your meals and it also comes up with a diet plan and recipes. This is a handy, standalone application that gives you personalized access to diet tips and healthy choices when designing your meals. You can purchase Dietician for only $7.99
HarvestMark Food Traceability
Concerned with the recent food recalls? A produce traceability app called HarvestMark Food Traceability can tell you about the produce you are about to pick up. Just look for millions of produce with the HarvestMark logo and you will find out where that particular produce came from, where it was grown, and whether it’s safe. Simply scan the barcode and you will also find out whether that particular produce may be under a food recall or any safety issue alarm.