iOS iCholesterol App Update: Now Extremely Powerful Search Feature

April 28, 2020 in Medical (E)

[prMac.com] Revere, Massachusetts - Independent iOS Developer, James Hollender has updated his iCholesterol app, which aids in determining Dietary Cholesterol in foods. This is just one of ten apps updated to version 7.0 in the suite of iNutrient apps: iCarbs, iCholesterol, iFiber, iKals, iPotassium, iProteins, iSatFat, iSodium, iSugars and Vitamin K. Version 6.0 made the app capable of using the entire screen even of newer iPhones with the notch. Now version 7.0 brings back the Search feature, but one that's much more powerful.

Version 6.0 made the app capable of using the entire screen even of newer iPhones with the "notch". Now version 7.0 brings back the Search feature, but one that's much more powerful. These apps include data from the USDA National Nutrient Database covering the following nutrients: Calories, Carbohydrates, Cholesterol, Fiber, Potassium, Proteins, Saturated Fat, Sodium, Sugars and Vitamin K. All ten apps are universal apps that can be used on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices. The apps include information on how they can be upgraded to app bundles for additional significant savings, i.e., the cost of any apps previously purchased included in bundle is deducted from the cost of the app bundle.

The big new feature in version 7.0 of iCholesterol is a search capability that allows for both simple and complex searches. There are two fields that can accommodate either words or phrases. Using only the first provides a simple search that looks for the supplied value in the title, description and USDA ID fields. If a second word or phrase is supplied, then the user has the choice of three operands for how the fields are evaluated: "AND", "OR" and "But Not". As the user enter or changes their values, an instantaneous display is given of how many records will be found. Pressing the "Results" button then displays the full list of matches found.

In the "Access My Records" section, each food serving for the day is listed in it's own section and the total daily amount of the nutrient is included in the day's heading. This makes comparing nutrient intake for each day an easy task.

The iCholesterol app provides information about foods and how they are rated for dietary cholesterol content. This is given as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. This can help to make sure users don't exceed their recommended daily amount of Dietary Cholesterol. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black = Rated extremely high in Cholesterol (151 - 641 mg)
* Dark Red = Rated very high in Cholesterol (81 - 150 mg)
* Red = Rated high in Cholesterol (50 - 80 mg)
* Orange = Rated moderately high in Cholesterol (31 - 50 mg)
* Yellow = Rated moderate in Cholesterol (21 - 30 mg)
* Light Green = Rated moderately low in Cholesterol (11 - 20 mg)
* Green = Rated low in Cholesterol (6 - 10 mg)
* Cyan = Rated very low in Cholesterol (1 -5 mg)
* White = Rated extremely low in Cholesterol (less than 1 mg)

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

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, e.g., 1/2 cup, etc.
* Dietary Cholesterol Content
* Calories
* USDA Description
* USDA Food Group
* USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference ID

Information is derived from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Dietary Cholesterol Content of Selected Foods per Common Measure. There are currently over 1,100 different food servings included, searchable using approximately 2,500 names (some foods are known 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 Dietary Cholesterol:

* What is Cholesterol? - Description of Cholesterol; What is LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol?; What is HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol?

* Cholesterol in Foods - Dietary Cholesterol in foods; Fat vs. Cholesterol

* Highest Cholesterol Foods - Lists 20 different foods containing the highest amounts of Dietary Cholesterol

* How to Use this App - Shows detailed information about how to record the user's personal nutrient intake of Dietary Cholesterol, how to make changes to what the user has recorded, how to backup and restore the data.

* Access My Records - Provides up to a full year of recorded entries, listed and grouped by date. Users may also view each individual entry in the database. Allowances are made for deleting records, changing the date, and also changing the number of servings.

* Other Important Information - Provides access to a copy of the User Agreement, and links to communicate with the developer about bugs, suggestions or comments.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 12 or later
* 29.1 MB

The iCholesterol app is one of 10 apps in the iNutrients collection. Others include:
* iCarbs - Carbohydrates
* iFiber - Fiber
* iKals - Calories
* iPotassium - Potassium
* iProteins - Proteins
* iSatFat - Saturated Fats
* iSodium - Sodium
* iSugars - Sugars
* Vitamin K - Vitamins K1, K1D and K2

Users interested in multiple nutrients should be aware of the "iNutrients App", which includes all ten of the above listed nutrients. Instead of the USDA partial selection of foods used in the individual iNutrient apps, the iNutrients app includes all foods and food servings in the entire USDA National Nutrient Database for those nutrients. It also includes the capability for altering the color scale for each nutrient if desired. And Custom Foods can be created for those not included in the USDA database. Even an entire meal's nutrient information could be included in a single Custom Food definition to make entry even simpler. The iNutrients app is available for less than the cost of three individual iNutrient apps and is specially reduced during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Pricing and Availability:
The iCholesterol app is available in the iTunes App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The current price is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and can be found in the Medical category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website, blog or organization you represent when making your request.

Based in Revere, Massachusetts, Indie developer James Hollender is a well seasoned Information Technology professional who 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 in 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 a former President of the United States. James Hollender has been involved writing iPhone and iPad apps with Foliage, Kronos, Olympus, Cross Country Automotive Services (now Agero), and Valmarc Corporation (now Vi3 Global). Copyright (C) 2010-2020 James Hollender. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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