Last Updated on March 6, 2023 by Hassan Abbas
Leading a healthy lifestyle is not that difficult if really we propose. Habits such as a good diet, exercise, stress management, a regular medical check-up, and a healthy environment in our family and the environment surrounding us are essential.
Today we focus on the first: food. In a world where life goes by at a rapid pace, the saying ” We are what we eat ” does not change, and since information and technology are at our fingertips, let’s review the best apps to find out what it contains what we eat.
Calorie Counter – My Fitness Pal
The MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter allows us to keep track of the calories we consume on a daily basis. It has an extensive food library, and in case you can’t find any, you have the option of adding it manually. It also keeps a record of the main nutrients: fats, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, carbohydrates, proteins, and the contribution of vitamins, calcium, and iron.
Calorie Counter – Fat Secret
Another of the best applications to obtain the nutritional information of the foods we consume is the Fat Secret Calorie Counter. Like MyFitnessPal, it allows you to search for food by barcode and keep a daily record of your meals. Its food database is quite extensive and, in my opinion, more accurate and more oriented to the user’s country of origin.
The way it presents the nutritional information of foods is much more user-friendly. In a first screen, it shows us the total amounts of calories, fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, together with the percentage of RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) of the total calories, to later in a more complete view, show us the size of the portion and the nutritional content in detail. Of course, in this app, you miss a login through social networks.
My Plate Calorie Tracker – Livestrong
My Plate Calorie Tracker by Livestrong is an application that is available via the web and also for iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Android devices. As in most of these types of applications, to start, you have to enter basic data, such as weight, height, and activity level.
Through this application, you can track not only the calories we consume at breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks but also the amount of water we consume, something quite useful for those of us who forget about them.
The database is also continuously updated by users since it has the possibility of manually entering each food. Its strong point is that we can add our recipes. While it is true, you can choose from those already captured; it is also true that we can enter our own recipe with the amounts of ingredients used, and the application will calculate the exact nutritional values of said recipe.
Among the most complete applications to know what we eat are those of MyNetDiary, whose calorie counter is available for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and computers or tablets with Windows 8, all of them linked to the website, with integration to Twitter and soon to Facebook.
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Being a paid application, it is ad-free, and the user experience is really good. Your nutritional summary of the day is very useful since it details the amount of calories, fat, carbohydrates, proteins, sodium, and cholesterol that were consumed during the day, enriching it with information on what we lack from the recommended intake or, in what and by how much we overdo it.
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By the way, MyNetDiary also has a special application for people with diabetes, which, in addition to helping to keep track of the food eaten, helps in monitoring blood glucose, taking medications, cholesterol levels, and facilitates the generation of reports, all this aimed at better control of the condition.