Most Americans are undernourished but eat too much fat and salt, according to Medical Daily. On top of that, weight is an issue for many people, as well.
Whether you're interested in losing weight, gaining weight or improving your nutrient intake, food tracking apps provide simple ways to help you accomplish your goals.
These five apps track nutrient macros, calories and other features of the food you eat. Check out their food search and data visualization features to help you get healthier.
This popular tracking app provides a number of features for people who want to track nutrients and calories. You can also link your My Fitness Pal account to a number of fitness trackers, such as Fitbits, so you don't have to manually enter your exercise data.
My Fitness Pal has a large, user-maintained database of raw foods and brand-name food items that you can search to input the foods you eat each day. The app automatically compiles the macro and calorie information, which you can explore in bar graphs and charts.
Your can either manually enter your exercise data or have it integrated from your personal fitness tracker.
You can also enter your weight and attach pictures each day, to look at your progress and stay motivated.
This app has all the bells and whistles you need to keep track of what you eat, how much you weigh, and what kind of progress you're making toward your health goals.
One of Calorific's best features is it breaks down the complex information from most tracking databases into simple categories.
The app sorts foods into red, yellow and green categories (meaning "great," "OK" and "bad") and shows intuitive portion size options. You can quickly add what you've eaten without adjusting minute details or going to much hassle.
If your goal is to track the way your emotions and stress levels interact with your eating habits, this innovative app is for you. Rise Up is designed to give you tools to recognize when you are eating in response to emotional stimuli.
When you use the app and look back on your data, you can identify the situations and people that tempt you to either over- or under-eat. This is a great tool for people who want to get mentally and physically healthier.
Yazio lets you track your activity and food. It allows you to scan bar codes to make it easier to find the precise calorie and nutrient breakdown for everything you eat or drink.
With a green to red meter at the top of the app screen, you can see how close to or far from your goals you are, at a glance.
This app makes use of a database with more than 80,000 food items to add to your daily meals.
The intuitive tools use color-coding and graphs to give you a sense of what nutrients you're not getting enough of. You can also share recipes, so if you often cook with a spouse or roommate, that person can quickly log the same meals.
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