December 20, 2010 in Health and Fitness (E)
[prMac.com] Revere, Massachusetts - Independent developer James Hollender today is pleased to announce his iSugars app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The iSugars app is one of 7 Nutrient Apps based on the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. The others include iCarbs, iProteins, iCals, iFiber, iCholesterol & Vitamin K. The iSugars app allows users to easily find out the quantity of Sugars in a large number of food servings, which is critical if you are trying to restrict your sugar intake.
The iSugars app provides information about foods and how they are rated for sugar content. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat.
"High intakes of dietary sugars in the setting of a worldwide pandemic of obesity and cardiovascular disease have heightened concerns about the adverse affects of excessive consumption of sugars. In 2001 to 2004, the usual intake of added sugars for Americans was 22.2 teaspoons a day (355 calories per day). Between 1970 and 2005, average annual availability of sugars/added sugars increased by 19%, which added 76 calories to Americans' average daily energy intake. Soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages are the primary source of added sugars in Americans' diets. Excessive consumption of sugars has been linked with several metabolic abnormalities and adverse health conditions, as well as shortfalls of essential nutrients. Although trial data are limited, evidence from observational studies indicates that a higher intake of soft drinks is associated with greater energy intake, higher body weight, and lower intake of essential nutrients. National survey data also indicate the excessive consumption of added sugars is contributing to overconsumption of discretionary calories by Americans. On the basis of the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines, intake of added sugars greatly exceeds discretionary calorie allowances, regardless of energy needs. In view of these considerations, the American Heart Association recommends reductions in the intake of added sugars. A prudent upper limit of intake is half of the discretionary calorie allowance, which for most American women is no more than 100 calories per day and for most American men is no more than 150 calories per day from added sugars." (Source: Abstract from "Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Health" - A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association)
From over 1,100 food servings included in the iSugars app each is rated from EXTREMELY LOW to EXTREMELY HIGH in Carbohydrates. The following colors help readily identify which is which:
* Black = Rated EXTREMELY HIGH in Sugars (40.01 - 166.46 g)
* Dark Red = Rated VERY HIGH in Sugars (30.01 - 40.00 g)
* Red = Rated HIGH in Sugars (20.01 - 30.0 g)
* Orange = Rated MODERATELY HIGH in Sugars (15.01 - 20.00 g)
* Yellow = Rated MODERATE in Sugars (10.01 - 15.00 g)
* Light Green = Rated MODERATELY LOW in Sugars (5.01 - 10.00 g)
* Green = Rated LOW in Sugars (1.01 - 5.00 g)
* Cyan = Rated VERY LOW in Sugars (0.01 - 1.00 g)
* White = Rated EXTREMELY LOW in Sugars (0.00 g)
Essentially, the cooler the color, the lower the amount of Sugars, with white being the coolest color and black being the hottest (think burnt).
There are eight tables listing food servings:
* All Foods
* Fast Foods
* Fruits & Vegetables
* Meat, Fish & Shellfish
* Dairy & Egg
* Cereal Grains & Pasta
The All Foods list allows you to search by any word or partial word from all the Food Titles. Selecting a food 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)
* Sugars Content (in grams)
* Percentage of Sugars by Weight (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: Sugars Content of Selected Foods per Common Measure. There are currently over 1,100 different foods included, searchable using more than 2,500 names (some foods are known by different names or how they are prepared, e.g., "Egg, Scrambled" and "Scrambled Egg"). A few these have as many as six searchable names.
The iSugars Info screen provides access to additional information pages:
* What are Sugars?
* Concerns About Sugars
* Highest Sugar Foods
* User Agreement
* How to Use this App
* About this App (includes allowance to 1) Report a Problem; 2) Ask a Questions; and 3) Make a Suggestion)
Other apps in the Nutrient Suite:
* iCarbs - for Bodybuilders and Diabetics
* iProteins - for Bodybuilders, Vegetarians & Vegans
* iCals - for anyone interested the number of calories in various food servings
* iFiber - for anyone interested in the fiber content of food servings
* iCholesterol - for anyone interested in the cholesterol content of food servings
* Vitamin K - for users of blood thinning medications like Coumadin & Warfarin
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later
* 4.8 MB
Pricing and Availability:
iSugars 1.0 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) 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.