Nutrition Apps For Living Your Best Life
These mobile apps help take the guesswork out of what your body needs to thrive.
Your doctor is always telling you to eat better, but let’s face it, a person can only stomach so much kale. Fortunately, technology has made it easier than ever to keep track of not only what you should be eating, but also what you can get away with when a craving hits. Here are the best smartphone apps to help you meet your daily nutrition goals.
Fooducate (Android, iOS: Free)
When most people think of healthy food, they automatically focus on calorie count. Fooducate goes beyond this metric to give users a more complete picture of what they’re eating. The app scans product barcodes and identifies what makes up the foods you buy. Everything from tricky trans fats to food additives are taken into account as the app assigns the product a personalized nutrition grade from A to D, based on the health information you provide.
This is a great way to discover common products that may be secretly undermining your health efforts and select better alternatives.
Food Intolerances (Android, iOS: $4.99)
While it’s never a bad time to decide to eat healthier, sometimes food allergies or intolerances make the choice for us. Trying to figure out what foods are safe to consume when you have special dietary needs can be daunting. The Food Intolerances app helps break down the technobabble surrounding gluten, fructose, and lactose issues.
Select a dietary profile that matches your needs and the app offers a substantial list of foods all color coded based on their suitability. There’s no easier way to see which foods are likely to be safe and which could pose problems for you down the digestive line.
Lifesum (Android, iOS: Free)
Knowing which foods to buy is just the first step to eating healthy. That’s why Lifesum takes this information and helps you apply it to your busy lifestyle. The app offers everything from helpful daily trackers, to recipes and meal plans. You can select custom diet plans based on your health goals or get a better idea of what’s going into your body at every meal. The easy-to-understand macro tracking will let you know exactly where you are on your daily intake of carbs, protein, and fat.
This is a great app for people who want to learn to eat better, but aren’t exactly sure where to begin.
Carbs Control (Android, iOS: $2.99)
The jury is still out on whether or not cutting carbs is an effective long-term dieting strategy, but whatever your health goals, Carbs Control is an easy way to track your intake of carbohydrates. Users can track daily amounts of either total or net carbs through the app’s ever-expanding database of food options. This includes not only everyday foods such as milk and eggs, but also packaged foods and those sold in restaurants.
Carbs Control is great for managing any low-carb or diabetic diet goals with a clean and easy-to-read interface.
MyPlate Calorie Tracker (Android, iOS: Free)
Sticking to a healthy diet isn’t always easy; that’s why MyPlate Calorie Tracker from the LIVESTRONG Foundation connects its members through their motivational community features. For anyone looking to take full control of their nutritional needs, this app covers everything.
Users get a daily snapshot of their protein, carbs, fats, and percentages to help them stay on track with their goals. Choose from the over 2 million items in their food database or add your own food and meals for a personalized experience. The program also connects to the GoogleFit app so you can automatically track how many calories are coming and going each and every day.