iCarbs 1.8 Nutrient App Gives Vital Info for Bodybuilders and Diabetics

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[prMac.com] Revere, Massachusetts - Locally-based independent developer James Hollender has available his iCarbs app (version 1.8) for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. In the works is a major upgrade which will allow users to record their nutrient intake information. The upgrade will be provided free to existing users. The iCarbs app allows users to easily find out how many carbohydrates are in over 1,100 different food servings, critical information especially for diabetics who need to restrict their intake of carbohydrates. This app is the eighth in a series of Nutrient apps based on the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

The iCarbs app provides information about foods and how they are rated for carbohydrate content. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. Bodybuilders probably want to have a high intake of carbohydrates (carbs), but on the other hand diabetics need to make sure they don't exceed their recommended daily amount. The food servings are rated from extremely low to extremely high in Carbohydrates. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black = Rated extremely high in Carbs (45.01 - 166.46 g)
* Dark Red = Rated very high in Carbs (30.01 - 45.00 g)
* Red = Rated high in Carbs (15.01 - 30.00 g)
* Orange = Rated moderately high in Carbs (12.01 - 15.00 g)
* Yellow = Rated moderate in Carbs (9.01 - 12.00 g)
* Light Green = Rated moderately low in Carbs (6.01 - 9.00 g)
* Green = Rated low in Carbs (3.01 - 6.00 g)
* Cyan = Rated very low in Carbs (0.01 - 3.00 g)
* White = Rated extremely low in Carbs (almost 0.00 g)

There are eight tables listing foods:
* All Foods (searchable)
* Fast Foods
* Fruits & Vegetables
* Meat, Fish & Shellfish
* Dairy & Egg
* Cereal Grains & Pasta
* Sweets
* Snacks

Selecting a food serving in any of the tables will display additional information including:
* Food Title
* Weight (in grams)
* Common Measure of Serving
* Carbohydrate Content (in grams)
* Calories (in kcals)
* Percentage of Carbohydrate by Weight (if at least 1%)
* USDA Description
* USDA Food Group
* USDA National Nutrient Database ID Number

Information is derived from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Carbohydrate Content of Selected Foods per Common Measure. There are currently over 1,100 different food servings included, searchable using more than 2,500 names (some foods are know by different names or how they are prepared, e.g., "Egg, Scrambled" and "Scrambled Egg"). A few of these have as many as six searchable names. The Info page provides additional information about Carbohydrates:

"What are Carbohydrates?" - Describes what carbohydrates are, why they are important and differentiates between the different types.

"Carbohydrates & Diabetes" - Provides some guidelines on healthy eating for diabetics.

"Highest Carb Foods" - Lists 15 foods containing the highest amount of carbohydrates.

"How to Use this App" - Provides information on how to more fully understand the information presented.

"About this App" - Identifies the developer and allows the user to report problems, ask questions and make suggestions.

Other apps in the Nutrient Suite:
* Vitamin K - for users of blood thinning medications like Coumadin & Warfarin
* iProteins - for Bodybuilders, Vegetarians & Vegans
* iCal - for anyone interested in watching their weight
* iSugars - for anyone wanting to watch their intake of sugars
* iFiber - for anyone interested in the fiber content of food servings
* iCholesterol - for anyone who deeds to control their cholesterol intake
* iSatFat - for anyone needing to watch their intake of saturated fat

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.2 or later
* 4.3 MB

Pricing and Availability:
iCarbs 1.8, along with the rest of the nutrient apps, is available in the iTunes App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The current price is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and can be found in the Healthcare & Fitness category. As always, updates are provide free of charge. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website, blog or organization when making a request.

James Hollender, a well seasoned Information Technology professional, has been familiar with Apple products since the days of the first Macintosh computer and has been involved with object oriented programming since the introduction of Java, culminating most recently writing apps in Objective C for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. His innovative ideas have resulted in numerous suggestion and other awards including a commendation from The President of the United States. Copyright (C) 2011 James Hollender. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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