Tech Tips by Jeff

The Carrot:  www.thecarrot.com   (App available for Android and iOS)

The carrot is a comprehensive website dedicated to health and wellness.  You can find not only education about health topics (such as nutrition, fitness, quitting smoking, etc…) but you can find a community to help support you on your journey.  After registering on their website, you can enter information on your interests, and be matched up with a plan that suits your needs.

Fooducatewww.fooducate.com  (App available for Android and iOS)

With all the food choices out there, it’s hard to know what’s healthy for you and what’s not.  That’s where Fooducate comes in.  By entering the information on their site or by using their app, they compare your food to established guidelines and tell you how healthy your food is and if there are better alternatives.  Best of all, if they don’t have it in their database, you can add it yourself for future reference.

Lose It!  www.loseit.com   (App available for Android and iOS)

Lose It! Is an easy to use nutrition and weight loss app that allows you to record what you’re eating.   You can track fat, carbs, protein, or set other wellness goals.  They have a giant database of foods (including many restaurants), but if you can’t find it, you can add it yourself.  When you register for an online account, you can use their social network to brag to your friends, challenge them (or be challenged) and get all the support you need.

Fat Secretwww.fatsecret.com

Fat secret is one of the most comprehensive websites on food and nutrition.  You can set weight goals, track exercise, and get support all in one place.  You can quickly and easily stay engaged and on track with challenges, fitness goals, diet information, and user submitted recipes.  You also can take your support on the road or record what you eat with their apps for both the iOS and Android.

www.myfitnesspal.com

Although originally designed for weight loss, Myfitnesspal contains nutritional guidelines for most diets.  It has an integrated forum that connects you to a support network day or night.  In addition to their giant database of foods, (which you can take full advantage of with their Android and iOS mobile app), they have other health and wellness apps and websites to check out.

For More Information

 

5 A Day Homepage:  www.dole5aday.com

Because of the important health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, all national health authorities recommend that Americans increase their fruit and vegetable intake to at least five per day.  This website provides clues on how to do that.

The American Dietetic Association: www.eatright.org
Provides food and nutrition information from a professional association of dietitians. Search for information on vitamin/mineral supplements and many other nutrition topics. You’ll also find frequently asked questions, nutrition resources, and information on the National Center for Nutrition and Dietetics.

Choose My Plate:  www.choosemyplate.gov

In addition to food and nutritional guidelines, this site from the USDA also contains the official information on the various food groups and exercise recommendations.

USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: ndb.nal.usda.gov

This is the definitive resource that a lot of nutrition websites tap for information.  It is a veritable search engine for looking up nutrient information for over 7500 different foods, though it is US specific.  You can search using keywords like trade names, company names, food groups, etc.  The information is constantly updated as new research adds to the data.

Nutrition Data:  nutritiondata.self.com

This site is one of the broadest sources for nutrition data.  All the food content information in Nutrition Data’s database is sourced from the USDA’s Nutritional Nutrient Database for Standard Reference and is supported by listings provided by restaurants and food manufacturers.  The source for each individual food item is listed in the footnotes of that food’s Nutrition Facts page.  IN addition to food composition data, Nutrition Data also has a set of proprietary nutrition management tools to analyze and understand that data.

What’s on My Food?:  www.whatsonmyfood.org

This “alarming” website is not about nutrients in food, but it’s about something that’s far unhealthier and toxic – pesticides.  The site is a searchable information resource on food items and the pesticides associated with them.  You can also search by pesticide.  In both cases, you can find out the toxic effects on our health.  The data on the site is collected from trusted sources such as United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pesticide Data Program (PDP), U.S. EPA and the Pesticide info website.