Slideshow: 27 mobile health tools for tracking food

By Jonah Comstock
10:39 am
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TextCalories! 

TextCalorie

Most of these apps provide food tracking for people with smartphones, but TextCalories works for people with just a feature phone too. It's an entirely text-message based calorie tracker. The service had an unsuccessful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, but the service is still functioning. Users text what they are eating, what they weigh and how much they are exercising to TextCalories, and a program takes all the information and creates charts online for users to look at when they have time. It also lets users with camera phones send pictures of food to the blog.

Meal Snap

meal snap

Meal Snap aims to make food logging as easy as possible by building an app that's a lot like Instagram. Only instead of taking pictures of food and sharing them with friends, the user takes pictures of food and shares them with an algorithm that calculates what's in the food and how many calories it has. Then users can track what they ate -- and how many calories they consumed -- over time.

Fooducate

Fooducate

Instead of just offering the nutrition facts, Fooducate aims to explain what’s inside each food item, offer healthier alternatives, and grade the food with either an A, B, C, or D. The app lists pros and cons for different foods, offers a social network to share findings with your community and creates a healthy shopping list. Facts Fooducate points out include excessive sugar, trans fats, high fructose corn syrups, controversial food colorings, additives and preservatives.

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