QUICK ADD NUTRIENTS (With Camera Scan of Nutrition Label)
Here’s a scenario I face constantly: I’m eating something and I need to add it to my diary, but I don’t have the time to do so. Sound familiar?
Sure, we can quickly add foods for common things. Hey, if you’re eating mostly processed food from major manufacturers, there’s a pretty good chance you can just scan the barcode and it’s already in one of the databases. If only.
I don’t know about you, but I am typically eating food I cook. In a perfect world, I sit down and enter every ingredient for that recipe I made that I am now having for dinner. Or, what about when you’re on the run?
I want a “quick add nutrition” option. No creating a custom food. No creating a custom recipe. Just click and it gives you a blank nutrition label and you pop in however many things you want or know. Sometimes I just want to be able to enter into my diary 430 calories, 12 g protein, 567 mg sodium and move on.
Need I say that there should be an option to later save out that item to a custom food, and maybe fill in the details then, when you have time?
What I’ve done is used notes. But this doesn’t actually count the quantities until I then manually convert it to a custom food. I’d used photo notes to snap a pic of a nutrition label for something not in the database that I didn’t have time to create a custom food for, but you know what typically DOESN’T happen? Me go back to actually do that. And then my macros and calories are off for that day. Which is… so many days. Then I give up tracking because I don’t actually have an accurate picture of my diet anyway. So sad. So much better to just be able to quickly add a quick entry for something with just the nutrients I’m most concerned with so at least those are captured and accounted for.
You know what else? We have the technology to do this one better. Why not let me scan the nutrition label itself?? They are all standard fonts and a standard set of formats with only a few variables. It shouldn’t be that hard to have the app take that image and pull out the nutrition information for you. Much the way many shopping apps now let you use the camera to add a credit card without manually entering in all the numbers. Heck, this could also be used to add custom foods.
Where else this would be a life saver is with recipes from sites/apps that are kind enough to estimate nutrition and give you a standard format nutrition label! Which is… many these days! So if I don’t have time to manually enter in the entire recipe, at least I could be importing it as a custom food trusting the recipe source’s nutrition estimates! What a help that would be.
Any one else like this notion??? +1 and maybe we can get some traction!