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Another App – Which is healthier?

March 14, 2012

And while I am thinking about apps, this came to me while watching two ladies shopping at Costco. The problem these two were wrestling with:

Which of these two coffee creamers is lower in calories?

To complicate their analysis, one creamer quoted per 1/2 oz serving, and the other quoted per 3/4 oz serving. The ladies commented that they used about 2 oz per cup of coffee…  But there is a generic problem:

Which choice of (name your product) is healthier?

Food labels are required to state these standard dimensions of food nutritional value:

1) grams of saturated fat, 2) grams of trans-fat, 3) grams of sodium, 4) grams of carbohydrates, 5) grams of fiber, 6) grams of sugar, and 7) grams of protein.

Amazon’s Price Check app scans the bar code of a product and presents a long list of merchants and the prices they charge. With just a little twist on this app and a database to refer to, this kind of app could compare two items (or heck, why not three or four) and graph the seven nutritional statistics for an easy visual comparison.

Compare:

  • Doritos to Cheetos, or
  • Pork bacon to turkey bacon, or
  • Jimmy Dean biscuits to Hot Pockets, or …

Just try it. It takes quite a while to compare by looking at the packages, but if you had a trusty app… Well, maybe there is an “app for that!”  But, not that I know of.

Hmmm…  I’ll “talk this up” with some friends and see what it would take to make “an app for that!”

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