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Do you really know what’s in your favorite ice cream? What about your daily latte? Sure, you can check nutrition labels – but it’s not always easy.

First of all, most foods are heavily processed these days. Some contain hidden sugars and ingredients that you cannot pronounce. Second, keeping track of your daily calories and macros can be difficult – especially if you have a busy lifestyle.

Fortunately, digital technology makes everything a lot easier. Below are three apps that can tell you what’s in your food and take the guesswork out of eating a healthy diet. Let’s dive in.

Yuka is a mobile app that analyzes food and cosmetic products. Its database spans over 1.5 million foods and 500,000 cosmetics, from diet cola and marshmallows to bar soaps. More than 800 new products are added every day.

To get started, install the app on your phone or tablet and register for an account. You can then simply scan the products you want.

The app rates foods based on three factors: their nutritional value, the presence of additives, and the presence or absence of organic ingredients. The nutritional quality makes up 60 percent of the score.

Additionally, Yuka offers healthier alternatives to poorly rated foods. Plus, you can see exactly how much sugar, sodium, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and calories are in each product. This feature can make clean eating easier and help with meal preparation.

There is also the option to sign up for a premium account. The annual membership fee is $ 20 and gives you access to additional features, such as the ability to scan groceries and cosmetics in offline mode.

Premium users can also browse products based on their dietary preferences. For example, Yuka will let you know if any of the products on your shopping list contain gluten or lactose. In addition, you can search the database to get the information you need without having to scan individual products.

Download: Yuka for Android | iOS (free)


Another great choice is Foodvisor, a nutrition app that uses deep learning to analyze the macros and calories in your food. Just take a picture of your meal or snack to see the exact amount of protein, carbohydrates, fats, fiber, calories and other nutrients.

Foodvisor recommends taking photos of cooked meals. However, if you have a salad or snack you can choose the “raw” option.

When you sign up for an account, there are a few basic questions you need to answer about your lifestyle and health goals. The app uses this information to determine your ideal calorie intake and macronutrient ratio.

Next, you have the option of using the app as is or signing up for a premium membership.

Premium members can chat in real time with registered nutritionists and sign up for special programs for fat loss, muscle building or better health. They also have access to hundreds of recipes and additional functions, such as a daily overview of their nutrient intake.

All in all, Foodvisor has the tools you need to make smarter food choices and stick to your diet. However, no app can make decisions on your behalf. Ultimately, it is up to you to give up bad habits and start eating for your goals.

Download: Foodvisor for Android | iOS (free)

One of the most popular mobile health apps, Noom, has been around since 2008. The earlier versions allowed users to keep track of their calories and exercise habits. Today the app uses a psychological approach to help people make sustainable changes to their lifestyle and achieve a healthy weight.

Noom’s experts provide coaching and support so you can build better habits without losing your motivation. It’s like having a health coach, nutritionist, and personal trainer in one place. Your only job is to download the app, answer a few basic questions, and sign up for an account.

Like the other apps on our list, Noom will tell you what’s in most foods, but you’ll have to manually log everything you eat. The app also logs your exercise and then subtracts the calories burned from your daily calorie budget.

Users can also scan their favorite foods, measure their progress, and count their daily steps. They also have access to healthy recipes and personalized nutrition lessons.

Another aspect to consider is that Noom does not label foods as “good” or “bad”. Instead, it uses a color code to help users determine which foods are helping or preventing them from achieving their health goals.

For example, “green” foods like quinoa, spinach, apples, and low-fat yogurt should make up a third of your daily energy intake. Legumes, poultry, salmon, avocado, and other “yellow” foods should make up about 45 percent of your daily calories. The rest of your calories can come from “red” foods like peanut butter and cookies.

As for prices, you can either sign up for the free version or pay around $ 59 per month for a premium membership. Consider trying the free version, see how it works, and then decide if it’s worth buying premium.

In the meantime, you might want to try other nutrition apps and compare their features. Shopwell, for example, can tell you what’s in over 400,000 grocery products by simply scanning them. In addition, users can set up personal alerts for allergens and other potentially harmful ingredients that may be hiding in their food.

If you’re looking for a simpler app, try MyFitnessPal’s calorie counter. Alternatively, check out the database at Open Food Facts to analyze and compare thousands of foods based on their nutritional value.

Download: Noom for Android | iOS (free)

Choose a nutrition app that suits your lifestyle

Choosing smart foods can be a real challenge, even for those who know a thing or two about nutrition. Sugar, for example, has dozens of names, from glucose to dextrose to fruit juice concentrate. Other potentially harmful ingredients like nitrates are even more difficult to spot.

With these things in mind, it makes sense to use the best nutrition apps. Noom, Foodvisor, and Yuka provide the information you need to improve your diet. Some also have built-in fitness trackers, recipes, custom meal plans, and other helpful tools. You just have to choose one that suits your lifestyle.

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Andra Picincu
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Andra Picincu is a senior digital copywriter and content strategist with more than 12 years of experience. She has a BA in Psychology and a BA in Marketing and International Business. Her daily work includes writing content and running digital marketing campaigns for multinational companies, creative agencies, brands and small to medium-sized businesses.

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The app rates foods based on three factors: their nutritional value, the presence of additives, and the presence or absence of organic ingredients. The nutritional quality makes up 60 percent of the score.


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