November 29, 2010 in Health and Fitness (E)
[prMac.com] Revere, Massachusetts - Independent developer James Hollender has now released a trio of nutrient apps for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad: Vitamin K (for Blood Thinning Medication users), iCarbs (for Diabetics and Bodybuilders); and iProteins (for Vegetarians, Vegans and Bodybuilders). The apps allow users to easily find out how much of the nutrient there is in hundreds of different food servings, with information derived from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.
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 Vitamin K app provides information on Vitamin K content, based on preparation and serving sizes. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat.
The "iCarbs" App:
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.
Special note: A video demo of the iCarbs app will be available on The Daily App Show (http://dailyappshow.com/) beginning December 1st.
The "iProteins" App:
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 food servings are rated from EXTREMELY LOW to EXTREMELY HIGH in the nutrient (Vitamin K, Carbohydrates or Proteins). 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
There are eight tables listing foods:
* All Foods
* Fast Foods
* Fruits and Vegetables
* Meat, Fish and Shellfish
* Dairy & Egg
* Cereal Grains and 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 grams for iCarbs and iProteins; and in mcg for Vitamin K)
* Percentage of Nutrient by Weight (only for iCarbs & iProteins, 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 the Vitamin K app provides additional information about Vitamin K:
* "What is Vitamin K?" - Describes what vitamin K is and how it affects the clotting of blood; identifies the differences between vitamins K1, K2 and K3
* "Coumadin(R) & Vitamin K" - Provides information concerning the interaction between Coumadin(R) and vitamin K; explains why Coumadin(R) might have been prescribed, how it works and what can help keep blood INR/PT in the desired range; illustrates potential interactions with alcoholic beverages, dietary supplements, vitamin E, herbal medications and antibiotics
* "Highest Vitamin K Foods" - Lists 11 foods containing the highest amounts of vitamin K
The Info page for the iCarbs app 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.
The Info page for the iProteins app provides additional information about Proteins:
* "What are Proteins?" - Describes what proteins are and why they are important to good health.
* "Vegan Diet & Proteins" - Provides some guidelines on healthy eating for vegans, with some surprising facts you might not be aware of.
* "Highest Protein Foods" - Lists 19 foods containing the highest amount of proteins.
Each of the nutrient apps also provides a "How to Use this App" Info page, which provides information on how to more fully understand the information presented; and an "About this App" info page which identifies the developer and allows the user to report problems, ask questions or make suggestions.
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 iCarbs and iProteins 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) 2010 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.