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Wednesday
Apr132011

Smartphone App Might Make Food Less Appetizing

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Do you really need an app to tell you that certain foods are chock full of calories?

DailyBurn, a fitness social network, thinks you do.  That’s why the company has come up with the MealSnap smarthone app, which informs users of the calorie content of virtually everything they consume.

For instance, let’s say you’re staring at a slice of greasy, double-cheese pizza.  Just snap a photo of the meal in front of you and wait a couple of minutes while the MealSnap matches the picture with half-a-million food items in its data base.

Of course, the pizza might be cold by the time the search is over but you'll have an accurate idea of just how many calories it contains, not to mention fat, carbs and vitamins.

Furthermore, DailyBurn CEO Andy Smith says, “Users can then choose to share what they've eaten on Twitter or FourSquare, leading to social accountability.”

While Smith admits the process can be somewhat time consuming, it allows you to keep a food diary and may spur a psychological change that could get you and your online pals eating better.

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