April 4, 2011 in Health and Fitness (E)
[prMac.com] Revere, Massachusetts - Locally-based independent developer James Hollender has recently released iCarbs 2.0, for iOS. iCarbs 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 second in a series of eight Nutrient apps (iCarbs, iProteins, iCals, iSugars, iFiber, iCholesterol, iSatFat & Vitamin K) based on the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, all of which now feature saving information on nutrient intake.
Up to a year of detailed information concerning nutrient intake is maintained by each app. When the user finds a food they've eaten in one of the lists, they simple press the "Record" button and it will request the quantity of servings, anywhere from 0.1 to 9.9 times the common measure, in increments of one tenth. The recorded data is available from the "Access My Records" pick of the Main Menu. Servings are grouped by day in reverse chronological order, assuming the user is most interested in their recent history. For each serving record, there is detailed information available for viewing by selecting the desired item in the list.
In addition to each Nutrient app providing more features, they actually use less memory than previous versions. Some information that was previously maintained in memory is now stored in a database on the device's file system. During the initial start-up users are provided feedback about the different phases of data loading as they occur.
The iCarbs app provides information about foods and how they are rated for carbohydrate content. This is given 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
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.
"Access My Records" - Provides a personal list of all food servings recorded, listed in reverse chronological order and grouped by day. Selecting any entry provides additional details.
"Important Other Information" - Provides the capability of communicating directly with the developer via email; lists other apps available written by the developer; gives access to a copy of the User Agreement; and also provides an iAd Sampler, providing the user access for up to 5 iAds at the same time. Hint: There appear to be more new iAds available right after the beginning of each hour.
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
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.2 or later
* 4.4 MB
Pricing and Availability:
iCarbs 2.0, along with the rest of the Nutrient apps (iProteins, iCals, iSugars, iFiber, iCholesterol, iSatFat and Vitamin K), 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.