Food tracking apps for iPhone & iPad

What kind of apps can I use on the iPhone or iPad that can help me track my food intake?

I mentioned Lose It! and MyFitnessPal in my last post on this topic; but here is some more info to help you find the best app for you!

MyFitnessPal is a comprehensive food tracking app.  It is marketed as a calorie-counter and diet-tracker, but you can use it to track intake for any goal.  One username and password will work for both the desktop site and the iphone app.  It has a large food database–not as extensive a list as high-end hospital grade databases–but good enough to simply track calories and other basic nutrients like total fat (saturated fat + polyunsaturated + monounsaturated + trans fat), cholesterol, sodium, potassium, total carbohydrates, fiber, protein, vitamins A and C, calcium and iron.

A new and innovative app is Nutritiming.  The app claims to be the only one that assesses “within day energy balance.”  This means that, while you log what you eat, the app will tell you “in real time” rather than at the end of the day whether or not you are in positive or negative energy balance.

For example, viewing the picture below, this person can see hourly where she has eaten too much or too little based on her activity level.  The person has the wherewithal to change her food consumption or activities for the hour by using the planning tool within the app–and can do this before the day is over.

Sparkpeople mobile and Livestrong are also still voted as the best food tracking apps (for now – maybe our Fitness Portal will be next!).

If you have other apps that you are currently using and willing to share, please comment below or on Project Awesome.

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