The best Android applications to take care of our food
In the Google Play Store there are dozens of Applications focused on feeding, although none of them should ever replace a nutritionist who controls our health in this regard. If we are looking for apps to better manage our diet, and adopt good habits, these are the best. It is convenient to review each one of them, because not all have the same functions or the same purpose.
Runtastic Balance controls our breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner and every meal we make. We record each food ingested and we will be able to know our caloric balance, but also if we are getting where we should in terms of macronutrients: proteins, carbohydrates and fats. All this taking into account our particular needs and objectives, of course, and also with help plans that include adapted diets.
The ‘Calories counter’, from MyFitnessPal, is one of the users’ favorite apps. It works in a similar way to the previous one, but with an important difference: its food database is the largest among all the apps in this segment. Although we can only use it to control our diet in a healthy way, most choose it to lose weight and the truth is that, in this sense, it is probably the app that works best. As long as we use it properly, of course.
Balanced Diet – Personal Healthy Eating
This third option is aimed at teaching us. With it, we will get used to having a healthy and balanced diet, at all levels. Not only taking care of whether we ingest enough protein, or not, but even the origin of it. We can lose weight or gain muscle mass with the help of it, of course we can, but above all we will learn good eating habits to take care of our health and achieve our goals. But also, make them last over time.
CoCo – eat healthy, avoid ultra-processed
Are you buying and eating products that you shouldn’t? This app lets you scan its barcode to identify the product and obtain a detailed file on its nutritional information. It will tell you if it contains an excess of sugars, salt and fats. In short, if it is a product considered as ‘ultra-processed’ And maybe you should take it out of the shopping cart and replace it with a healthier option. Although it is perhaps more incomplete than the previous ones, its objective is that we avoid ultra-processed products and, in our diet, we replace them with more natural products that are beneficial for our health.
Similar to the previous ones, Lifesum keeps an exhaustive control of our caloric balance, but also of the intake of macronutrients. All based on our physical characteristics, of course. But in addition, it has hundreds of diets that will help us eat cleaner, increase our protein intake or lose weight. We can find recipes for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner, for a snack and for snacking. For all.
As its name suggests, this app follows a more basic concept. It will tell you how many calories you have ingested compared to what you should, and what is the volume of macronutrients that you have completed with your intakes each day. All this, as long as we register the food of each meal, of course. In addition, it will tell us what we can do to burn the calories we have ingested to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Although it differs little from previous calorie counters, FITIA has an interface that stands out from all the options we have outlined above. The visualization of each meal, and of all the data on the screen, is much more comfortable and visually pleasing. And of course, we can configure the application based on our goal: reduce fat, maintain weight and eat healthier, or build muscle.
Everything is very simple if we can eat anything, but what about vegans? For them there are also apps that allow control feeding. And this is one of the several options that we can find, and that will help us calculate the nutrients we consume in our vegan diet and control the amounts based on our needs and objectives. Once again, depending on the particularities of our body.
Although its interface is far from the best, the operation of this app is exquisite for the control of macronutrients. As simple as registering our personal data, our objective and adding the food we eat every day. And there we will have the graphs and statistics on the values that we are meeting and those that are not. You will easily know if you are reaching the carbohydrate, protein and fat intake that you should.
MyRealFood is a food product scanner that emphasizes detecting the ultra-processed. You can easily know what is real food, what is good processed and what is ultra processed. And so you can take care of your diet in a different way, also having the complete nutritional label and the support of a wide community of ‘realfooders’. A different app that, of course, also helps us achieve our goals.
Yuka follows a simple concept, like a typical food scanner. You take the camera of your smartphone, scan any product and it tells you directly to what extent it is good, or bad, for your health. But, as is evident, you also receive the complete nutritional information of the product, the detail of why it has a good or bad evaluation and other information. And you can track the products that you have been analyzing with your smartphone.