Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Get Informed

Since so many people have been searching online for nutrition information, Google has decided to make that search easier.  Google recently introduced a user friendly nutrition search tool.  All you have to do is ask your smart device ("how much fat in an avocado?") or perform a Google search (corn) and you will get the nutrition facts for that food in a Knowledge Graph.  You can then change the serving size and learn more about the food item from Wikipedia.  You can find similar items as well (air popped, microwave, or oil popped popcorn).  The nutrition information is provided by the USDA Nutrient Database.  They will continue to add items and combination foods to help you sift through all the nutrition data you may find online and help you get informed from a reputable source (primarily the USDA). 

This can help if you're trying to choose your movie snack, wanting to experiment with a new ingredient, or decide between apples and oranges at the store.  Along with this nutrition at your finger tips, the USA has also approved voluntary nutrition labels for alcoholic beverages.  If you want to find the information, it's now becoming easier (less excuses, and fewer barriers).

Google Knowledge Graph

Happy eating/shopping!
Steph Langdon, RD
something nutrishus counselling & coaching