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8 Best iPhone Apps to Manage Your Nutrition
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Nutrition is so much more than calorie counting and this app was built with that thinking in mind. Scan a product's barcode to see a list of "Things to Know" about the item. This list includes essential product information in easy-to-understand, casual language such as "mostly whole grains here" or "controversial additive BHT is present." Products are also graded on a standard A to F scale to make food choices even easier.
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If going to the grocery store gives you anxiety—cue the confusing nutrition labels and fine print—ShopWell could be your new best friend. Start by building a profile with your personal health needs such as heart healthy, gluten-free or high in protein preferences. Scan items at the store and see a score from one to 100 based on what preferences you chose.
Create and store your shopping list within the app as well. You can program the app to suggest similar items with higher scores too.
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Set goals and a timeline, and this app will do the rest—well, almost. Once the app determines your daily caloric intake, it's up to you to achieve the goals you've set for yourself.
Still, the Lose It! app does the bulk of the work. For example, as you input meals throughout the day, it reminds you how many calories you have left to help you stay on course. You can also keep a daily step count, weekly calorie count, and track daily nutrients consumed.
Livestrong Calorie Tracker
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Created by LiveStrong.com, this is one of the best iPhone apps for people who want to track nutrition and stay motivated in their fitness and health routines. You can track daily calorie counts, browse nutrition information for more than 1.3 million grocery store and restaurant food items, and stay motivated with tips and expert advice.
Remember to visit the app community, where you can connect with other healthy individuals, share your experience, and more.
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If you agonize about derailing your diet by eating at a restaurant, worry no more. With a database of more than 250 restaurants across the country, including 60,000 food items, you can almost always rely on Restaurant Nutrition to guide you to the right menu item.
Don't forget to add any allergy information. When you do, the app will hide menu items, making it easy to find exactly what you can and can't have.
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If eating local is an important part of your nutrition and healthy lifestyle, add this to your personal list of best iPhone apps. Locavore recommends nearby farmers' markets on a map interface that's easy to understand. It also lists in-season produce in your region and healthy recipes that use those foods.
Food Additives 2
$3.99 7 of 9
Additives can be found on almost every product label. Use this app to uncover which ones have crept into your food. Type the ingredient into this app for the origin (plant, animal, fish), general use, potential side effects and dietary restrictions. With these details, you can shop smarter and live healthier.
The Whole Pantry
$2.99 8 of 9
The whole foods health movement is growing fast and for good reason: When you examine your nutrition needs through a whole-foods lens your body is healthier and happier. This is one of the best iPhone apps for doing just that, starting with proper nutrition. Use The Whole Pantry's back-to-basics approach to shorten your shopping list, improve your health, and make delicious food.
There are more than 49 premium recipes to choose from, wellness guides to read and a shopping list feature that allows you to send a list to yourself or a friend's iPhone. Each recipe listed is labeled as gluten-free, raw, vegan or dairy-free, making it easy to choose the best ones for your personal and health preferences.