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Nutrition Apps Reviewed by Diet Specialists

April 14, 2013
Nutrition Apps Reviewed by Diet Specialists

Consumer and lifestyle apps are rapidly becoming the "go-to" for nutrition advice. This is a bit unsettling since there are literally hundreds to pick from and definitely not created equal. Some are downright useless and inaccurate. A fabulous resource for finding reliable apps based on scientific research, developed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is www.Food and /resources/app-reviews.

Registered dietitians review apps for those looking to grocery shop, cook, lose weight, manage their diabetes, and/or eat gluten-free, and shop wisely. Ratings are on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Pros and cons for each app are given and the "bottom line" of the usefulness to the consumer. I can't overemphasize the usefulness of this resource and urge you to check it first before you hit the download button.

Here are some of the best apps available based on their reviews:

-- eaTipster Created by the Dietitians of Canada. EaTipster delivers daily healthy eating tips to your mobile devices. The app addresses common food and nutrition questions and concerns and provides tips to increase healthy eating, support a healthy weight and fight chronic disease.

-- Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker. The creators may be MyFitness Pal, but the nutrition analysis features will make this app your best nutrition friend. Adjust goals, enter caloric intake (food) and output (exercise), add to the food library and check the progress screen to track how you're doing.

-- Eat and Move-o-Matic Developed by the Learning Games Lab at New Mexico State University to support the National 4-H Council's Youth Choice program, this app lets users compare the calories they eat with the time it would take to burn them off through physical activity.

-- PPepperplate, Version 2.3. Ppepperplate is a comprehensive cooking app. It allows you to save all of your recipes in one place and provides essential tools to plan menus, shop and cook. With it you can create menus, shopping lists, weekly or monthly meal plans and even use the app to monitor multiple cook times in the kitchen. Once synced, you can access your entire recipe collection, shopping lists and menus from any mobile device without an internet connection.

-- Gluten Free Daily. Gluten Free Daily is an online guide built to provide education and resources about following a gluten-free diet. Whether you suffer from celiac disease, gluten intolerance, or are in need of guidance in terms of weight loss, wellness or fitness, this app can help.

-- I Cookbook Diabetic. This app comes from the editors of Diabetic Cooking magazine and the original iCookbook app. iCookbook Diabetic delivers recipes and nutrition information for people with diabetes on the go.

For more information about the University of Maryland Extension Frederick County Office check out our website http://extension. University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all citizens and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

Deborah Rhoades, MA, RD, LDN, is a licensed Registered Dietitian and Extension Educator in Family and Consumer Sciences.


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