Many free or low-cost applications – or “apps” – are available for your computer or mobile phone to help you stick to a healthy eating plan and make better choices while shopping at the grocery store or eating out.
Fooducate lets shoppers scan a product bar code in the grocery store for an instant read on a food’s health value, represented by a letter grade from A to D. Once a food has been scanned and recognized, the app offers healthier alternatives, and can compare two products side-by-side. The app counts not only nutrients, but also if those nutrients were added in processing, which results in a lower score. Sodium, sugar and saturated fats count against a food; fiber and naturally occurring nutrients count in a food’s favor.
Available for: iPhone, Android; online
This easy and fast calorie counter will help you lose weight, tailoring your diet to your personal preferences. The MyNetDiary Online Community helps you be successful, motivated, and consistent.
Cost: Free online version, paid mobile version
Available for: iPhone, Android, Blackberry; online
The Restaurant Nutrition application allows a user to easily view nutritional information about restaurant menus and track what they have eaten. The Restaurant Nutrition user can turn on diets to track calorie, carb, protein, and fat to help track and quantify their dieting progress. Each time a restaurant name appears in the program the map button near it can be touched to open the Maps application showing all the nearby restaurant locations.
Cost: Free, paid upgrade
Available for: iPhone, Android
ShopWell is a free food information site that scores products on how well they meet your unique needs. With easy-to-understand nutrition information and customized product scores, ShopWell gives you easy tools to find better products for you and your family.
Available for: iPhone; online
Locavore helps you to find local, in-season food. Pinpoint nearby farmers markets and farms. Discover seasonal recipes.
Available for: iPhone