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Apps for tracking food

viperlush Apr 6, 2014 01:26 PM

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. johnseberg RE: viperlush Apr 6, 2014 02:17 PM

    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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      Ttrockwood RE: johnseberg Apr 6, 2014 06:19 PM

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

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        mels RE: Ttrockwood Apr 7, 2014 07:11 AM

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

    2. fldhkybnva RE: viperlush Apr 6, 2014 04:01 PM

      I use Livestrong's MyPlate and love it!

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        viperlush RE: fldhkybnva Apr 6, 2014 05:00 PM

        Is it pay or free?

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          fldhkybnva RE: viperlush Apr 6, 2014 05:09 PM

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

      2. linguafood RE: viperlush Apr 6, 2014 05:01 PM

        Myfitnesspal. Free. Perfect.

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          jeanmarieok RE: linguafood Apr 6, 2014 05:04 PM

          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.

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            Ttrockwood RE: linguafood Apr 6, 2014 06:22 PM

            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.

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              fldhkybnva RE: Ttrockwood Apr 7, 2014 04:16 AM

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

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              viperlush RE: linguafood Apr 7, 2014 05:19 AM

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

            3. RabbiBeth RE: viperlush Apr 26, 2014 11:03 AM

              MyFitnessPal is great.

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                shaebones RE: viperlush Apr 30, 2014 10:21 AM

                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

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