May 9, 2011 in Health and Fitness (E)
[prMac.com] Boston, Massachusetts - Independent developer James Hollender has released new versions of his 8 nutrient apps for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad: Vitamin K (K1, K1D & K2), iCarbs, iProteins, iCholesterol (dietary cholesterol), iFiber, iSatFat, iSugars & iCals. New database capability allows for keeping track of the user's personal nutrient intake. Each app allows users to easily determine the nutrient quantity in hundreds of different food servings, with information derived from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.
Version 2.0 added the capability to record intake by specifying the number of servings. Information is maintained by the built-in database for a full year before it is automatically deleted.
Version 2.1 provided the capability to revise the number of servings for any recorded nutrient intake item.
Version 2.2, due out shortly, will provide the capability for changing the date for any of the recorded nutrient intake items. This will be especially helpful if the user forgets to capture the data on the same day it was ingested.
Description of the individual Nutrient Apps:
The "Vitamin K" App:
For persons taking blood thinning medications such as Coumadin(R) or Warfarin (also known as Jantoven, Marfarin, Lawarin, Waran and Marevan), then the Vitamin K app is one that will truly be used on a regular basis. Most lists providing information on the content of vitamin K in foods contain only a limited number of foods, and often they don't indicate the serving size. It is important to understand that the goal isn't to completely avoid foods with vitamin K, but rather to keep relatively constant the amount of vitamin K ingested each day, so the amount of Coumadin(R) prescribed can work effectively. This amount can be different for every person using blood thinning medications. This is why doctors require occasional blood tests to indicate whether the dosage needs to be adjusted.
All too often it is heard that Coumadin(R) users should stay away from dark green leafy vegetables, but there are a host of other foods containing vitamin K. Even the dark green leafy vegetables contain varying amounts of vitamin K. Further, each food has its own characteristics and sometimes whether it is fresh, frozen or canned can make a difference in the vitamin K content. The important thing to understand is Coumadin(R) users may be inadvertently ingesting something which they think doesn't contain any vitamin K when in fact it does. A good example would be carrots, which contain varying amounts of vitamin K. A single baby carrot has only 0.9 mcg (very low), while a cup of canned carrot juice contains 36.6 mcg (high).
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 "iProteins" App provides information about foods and how they are rated for protein content. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. Bodybuilders probably want to have a high intake of protein, while Vegetarians and Vegans want to make sure they are getting enough protein in their diet.
The "iCholesterol - Dietary Cholesterol" App is great for those working towards healthy eathing. Knowing the amount of cholesterol in the foods available can be extremely helpful.
The "iFiber" App - For those who are trying to keep their weight down, eating fiber can be extremely beneficial.
The "iSat Fat" App - This is the app for those who have been directed by their physician to limit their Saturated Fat intake.
The "iSugars" App - Knowing the amount of sugars in foods available for consumption can be extremely helpful in working towards healthy eating.
The "iCals" App - For those who are trying to keep their weight down, knowing how many calories are in food servings can be a great help.
The food servings are rated from EXTREMELY LOW to EXTREMELY HIGH in the nutrient (Vitamin K, Carbohydrates, Proteins, Dietary Cholesterol, Fiber, Saturated Fat, Sugars, or Calories). The following color coding scheme helps readily identify which is which:
* Black = Rated EXTREMELY HIGH
* Dark Red = Rated VERY HIGH
* Red = Rated HIGH
* Orange = Rated MODERATELY HIGH
* Yellow = Rated MODERATE
* Light Green = Rated MODERATELY LOW
* Green = Rated LOW
* Cyan = Rated VERY LOW
* White = Rated EXTREMELY LOW (or NONE)
There are eight tables listing foods:
* All Foods
* Fast Foods
* Fruits & Vegetables
* Meat, Fish & Shellfish
* Dairy & Egg
* Cereal Grains & Pasta
The All Foods table includes a search capability to quickly find food servings you are interested in.
Selecting an item in any of the tables will display pertinent information about the selected food serving:
* Food Title
* Weight (in grams)
* Common Measure (serving size for weight)
* Nutrient Content (in mcg for Vitamin K, Calories for iCals, and grams for all others)
* Percentage of Nutrient by Weight (for all except Vitamin K & iCals, but only if at least 1%)
* USDA Description
* USDA Food Group
* USDA Nutrient Database Number
Information is derived from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. There are currently hundreds of different food servings included in each app, searchable using more than 2,500 Food Titles, since some foods are known by different names or how they are prepared, e.g., "Scrambled Egg" and "Egg, Scrambled". Some foods have as many as six searchable Food Titles. All lists are in alphbetical order by Food Title. The Info page for each app provides selections for:
General information about the specific nutrient:
* Vitamin K: What is Vitamin K?
* iCarbs: What are Carbohydrates?
* iProteins: What are Proteins?
* iCholesterol: What is Cholesterol?
* iFiber: What is Fiber?
* iSatFat: What is Saturated Fat?
* iSugars: What are Sugars?
* iCals: What are Calories?
Special information concerning the nutrient:
* Vitamin K: Coumadin(R) & Vitamin K
* iCarbs: Carbohydrates & Diabetes
* iProteins: Vegan Diet & Proteins
* iCholesterol: Cholesterol in Foods
* iFiber: Why Should I Eat Fiber?
* iSatFat: Why Avoid Saturated Fat?
* iSugars: Concerns About Sugars
* iCals: Calorie Recommendations
* Foods highest in the specific nutrient
* How to Use this App
* Access My Records
* Important Other Information including the capability to directly contact the developer to report a problem, ask a question, or make a suggestion.
Pricing and Availability:
Each 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 Medical category for the Vitamin K app; and in the Health & Fitness category for the other apps. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website, blog or organization represented 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. EZeeCalc is an early example of his creative ability to think outside the box. 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.