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Apr 6, 2014 01:26 PM

Apps for tracking food

My mother is diabetic and will be getting a smart phone shortly. I'm sure she will be asking me which phone to get (droid or iPhone). Are there any simple and useful apps that she can download to help keep track of her diet? Or that can used to scan products? I'm not a smartphone user.


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  1. I'd be interested to hear about *any* software (preferably free) anyone is using to track their diet, symptoms, exercise, BMs, etc. I don't have a smartphone.

    I'm just using a spreadsheet, now, and it's not very efficient. I've actually considered writing my own, but, I'm sure there is some good stuff already out there.

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    1. re: johnseberg

      Myfitnesspal has a huge database and free website as well as an app

      1. re: Ttrockwood

        I second My Fitness Pal. Free, easy to use. I used it when I was counting calorie to lose weight.

    2. I use Livestrong's MyPlate and love it!

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        1. re: viperlush

          I use it online and have a link to it on my phone. It's free.

        1. re: linguafood

          MyFitnessPal is very good. I switched to it about 2 years ago, and I've found that anything it doesn't have, I can add to it. The IPhone app is good, too.

          1. re: linguafood

            Yup MFP can be used from a regular computer as well as an app, great easy way to track food, activity level, and has tons of data from restaurants as well.

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              I agree MFP is great as well. I use MyPlate because I've been using it for years but I "consult" MFP often.

            2. re: linguafood

              Thank you. I'll have to check it out.

              1. I'm growing increasingly frustrated w MFP the longer I use it. The nutrition data on foods is frequently wrong, particularly the ones that members contribute. AND you can't edit your food and meal lists so the list gets long and unusable after a time. on the search for another meal tracker. Will look at MyPlate