Google helps you count calories with search results
Google is the reigning king over information on the internet, and starting today the company has begun adding caloric information on everyday ingredients and foods. There are over 1,000 items that now will display caloric information when you search for a food item and the list is growing.
The company began rolling out the feature earlier today stating, “quickly and easily find extensive nutrition information for over 1,000 fruits, vegetables, meats and meals in search”. This list varies from “the basics of potatoes and carrots to more complex dishes like burritos and chow mein, you can simply ask, “How much protein is in a banana?” or “How many calories are in an avocado?” and get your answer right away”.
It’s definitely a terrific feature, and one that should please many mom’s, dad’s, workout enthusiasts and nutrition specialists. Google said that the service works with the Knowledge Graph, “which brings together all kinds of information from across the web that wasn’t easily accessible.” Google provided a few examples on the company’s official blog stating:
Here are a few examples:
- Tempted by some popcorn at the movies? Ask “how many calories are in popcorn” and you’ll get your answer. [Hint: it’s 31 calories per cup]
- Perplexed by a food label or recipe? Ask “what nutrients are in breadfruit?” or “is there sugar in grenadilla?”
- Big on a high protein diet? Ask “how many carbs in corn?” or simply search for [corn] and you’ll see detailed nutrition info.
This feature will begin to launch today in English and will be rolling out in the US over the next ten days. Over time we’ll be adding more features, foods, and languages. So tap the microphone, give the feature a spin, and soon explore and discover the ins and outs of over 1,000 of your favorite foods.
more info: google