Google Now Counts Your Calories

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I can spend hours in the grocery store looking at nutrition labels. In fact, on most shopping occasions, I make a game out of it (i.e. Which brand of cookies can I eat the most for the fewest amount of calories?). Although I wouldn’t call myself a “calorie counter” per se, knowing how many I typically “spend” in a meal is helpful for keeping my weight stable and my body healthy. However, while I know exactly how many calories lurk inside my breakfast cereal, I typically have no clue how many I eat when I am out. Enter Google.

With the recently launched nutritional info in Search, I can now, at the touch of a button, find out just how much fat there is in my avocado turkey wrap from the deli. It’s quick, it’s easy and it just made me re-evaluate said turkey wrap and future food choices.

All you have to do is search a food or even meal on google (like”How much protein is in chow mein?“) and nutrition information will pop up with all the basics. You can even adjust your serving sizes for the most accurate count.

So how is this better than say, an app on your phone that offers nutritional data and food diaries? The verdict is still out, however Google claims this technology gets “all kinds of information from across the web that wasn’t easily accessible,” so it’s likely that you are getting a well-rounded answer instead of antiquated information. 

What do you think? Will you start counting your calories? 

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