…I have just done something major.
I made the switch: iPhone to Android.
I’m still undecided as to whether or not it’s the right decision, but we can only work with what we’ve got, right? To celebrate my indecision, I’ve rounded up my favourite food and nutrition apps to share with you, that are both iPhone and Android friendly. Hopefully, you’ll discover something new and exciting that you didn’t know about before!
Cronometer is kind of like a nutritionist’s My Fitness Pal! It’s a classic food diary type set up where you enter your daily food intake and have a look at your overall macro and micronutrient intake for the day. I like it as it shows you clearly where you may be falling short in certain nutrients – for example, continually not reaching your target RDI for iron – but also where you have exceeded a nutrient too. It then shows you which foods contributed to which nutrient the most. You can track over 60 vitamins and minerals. Cool stuff! The only problem is that the app comes at a small cost ($3.04), however, the online webpage version is free. Unfortunately, it’s based on the USDA food database, so a lot of Aussie brands aren’t listed.
My Fitness Pal
I’m sure we’ve all heard of My Fitness Pal in some way or another, but it’s too useful not to share. MFP tracks your food, exercise, weight and measurements in a really easy to use (and free) app. It has virtually every brand of food item listed in its database. However, I have found this to be slightly problematic, as users can enter a food themselves and make it public. If someone else selects it unknowingly the nutrition information might be wrong. Only select ‘verified’ food and drink items with a green tick. Another very cool feature on the new MFP app is a barcode scanner, where you simply scan whatever packet you have instead of searching for it! I also like the ‘My Recipe’ function which allows you to enter in your own recipe, or import a recipe from a web page – good for those of us who like to cook but don’t want to add-in ingredients one by one.
For those who choose to eat seafood, I love the education that this app provides. It’s a really simple database that allows users to enter in a type of fish, for example, ‘whiting’ and then check it’s traffic light status (green = better, amber = eat less, red = avoid); a colour-code dependent on factors such as overfishing and sustainable farming methods. Many of us don’t give much thought to where our fish has come from and the larger impact that it has on our environment, so if you regularly consume seafood then I think the Sustainable Seafood Guide will provide some really valuable information.
The Better Health app is one I have only just discovered. It’s like having a nutrition cheat sheet in your pocket all the time. There are a huge number of trustworthy fact sheets on topics such as nutrient deficiencies, eating tips for children and weight management. Being a government-run website, it’s a little more reliable than Wiki too!
There are a lot of other fantastic apps that I haven’t listed here as they are not free or only available on one platform. An honourable mention goes out to Monash University’s FODMAP app, which I’m sure will come in handy for many of us. Also some beautifully designed cooking and recipe apps such as Green Kitchen and Substitute.
Is there anything I have missed? Share with us your tried and true nutrition apps if so!