7 worthwhile food & nutrition apps

This article, entitled "7 Food & Nutrition Apps Worth the Space," comes from partner site BestFoodFacts.org.

In a world of ever-changing technology and reliance on mobile devices, it seems as though there is something new every day. There’s a mobile app for just about anything, and that can make it hard to decide which is the best for you. Here at Best Food Facts, we want to make sure you are armed with tools that can help you reach your goals. We've tested some of the most popular food and fitness apps and have come up with a list of those we think are well worth the storage space. Did we mention they're all free? That’s nice, too!

1. Is My Food Safe?

How long can I keep ground beef in the freezer? At what temperature should I cook a piece of salmon? Should I toss or keep the mustard? Where should I put the raw chicken in my refrigerator? This app created by the Home Food Safety program, a collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods, is a great kitchen tool to help answer all of those questions and keep you and your food safe. It provides information for safe cooking temperatures and food storage guidelines, as well as a kitchen safety quiz and several other expert tips. It's a crucial tool for anyone who spends time in the kitchen.

2. Kitchen Stories

A video and photo cookbook that includes complete recipe packages with how-to videos, step-by-step instructions, shopping lists AND wine pairings. This is just the thing for foodies who are starting their culinary journey or experts who enjoy organization and tasty recipes!

3. Yummly

The ultimate kitchen tool for foodies that makes it easy to meal plan and find recipes catered to your tastes and dietary needs. Our favorite part? You can enter the ingredients you have on hand and Yummly will find recipes you can make - food waste no more!

4. Healthy in a Hurry

EatingWell, known for their magazine and website, created an app that features healthy recipes, tips and nutrition information. The recipes are easy and often use creative and healthy substitutes to recreate popular dishes. This is the perfect app for those who want to create healthy gourmet meals that are quick and simple.

5. MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal provides tools for tracking how much you eat and how many calories you burn each day. It has a large database of foods and drinks and is compatible with several fitness-tracking devices. This is a favorite for many people because it is one of the more reliable and trusted calorie and fitness tracking apps on the market.

6. Lose It!

Similar to MyFitnessPal but with a different layout and user experience. Plug in your height, weight, age, and how much weight you are trying to lose (if any at all), and the app constructs a recommended net calorie intake based on how many calories you consume and how many you burn. We love this because it is simple to use and visual, which gives you the ability to see the big picture when setting (and achieving) your goals!

7. Nutritionix

This app provides instant access to a growing database of over 380,000 foods, including foods from 600 popular restaurant chains. Nutritionix incorporates data straight from manufacturers, restaurants and the USDA to ensure the most accurate information is available. This app is great for eating out because it allows users to easily assemble meals that accommodate their calorie and nutrient goals.

It is important to note that while these apps are great for setting goals and staying on track, they aren’t a “cure-all." They require dedication and commitment from the user in order to achieve the best results.

What's your favorite food and nutrition app? Let us know in the comments!

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