It's Here! The Best App for Eating Better On the Go

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Over the years, we've learned that some of our best ideas and most useful tools come from you, our SparkPeople community. A few months ago when we were releasing the newest updates to our Calorie Counter and Healthy Recipes apps, we asked our members (that’s you!) how we could improve our tools to better fit them into your lives. You responded with honest and insightful ideas that are helping us decide which tools we want to work on next.

There was one suggestion in particular that we kept hearing: You wanted a simple app that could pull up the nutrition information for any food, without the food tracker component. That's it--just a streamlined, one-use app that wouldn't take up much space on your phone, but would still be able to access SparkPeople's extensive food database to deliver quick nutrition information on demand. So, we decided to give the people what they want! Today, we're proud to announce the final product: the SparkPeople Nutrition Lookup App.

Think of Nutrition Lookup as a slimmed-down version of our Nutrition Tracker app. This is the perfect tool for those times when you want to see what's in a food you're going to eat, but don’t need to track it. In the grocery store and looking at a food you've never tracked before? Fire up the Nutrition Lookup app and get the nutrition data instantly. Aren’t sure what to order at a restaurant? Pop open the app and quickly compare your options. By creating a standalone app for one of our members' most frequent needs, we hope to make it easier for you to get the information you need, wherever you go!
With Our Nutrition Lookup App, you’ll get:
  • Access to our extensive nutrition database of over 3 million foods
  • Barcode scanner for efficient searching of any food with a UPC label
  • Charts breaking down the carb, calorie, fat and protein content for each food
  • Detailed nutrition label for each food
Starting today, you can download the app for FREE from Apple's App Store, Google Play (for Android Devices), the Amazon App Store. And if you have a Windows phone, don’t worry - we built this app for you too! We are trying to build more apps for our Windows Phone users so that they can continue on with SparkPeople on the go - if you’re using a Windows Phone, let us what you think!
So give the app a try today and tell us what you think; we're always open to suggestions. And if you like the app, tell your family and friends. With your help, we can spark millions more people to live healthier, happier lives!


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Finally, a basic calorie look up app that doesn't require a login! So far it looks good, only issue is if you enter the barcode scanner by accident and try to back out, the app closes. Some content looks created by users, unclear how that occurs and how thoroughly they're vetted for accuracy.
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I'd love to use the app if it's ever added to the Kindle app store! Report
Nice idea, but ... Is there a way once you scan the barcode to "add" it to your Favorites on your nutritional tracker? Report
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I downloaded the app, but the scanner doesn't work on a Kindle. Report
I have windows phone. Is their a regular spark app?? Report
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Have downloaded it. no joy with the barcode scanner. Didnt like my food! But shall continue to try it... Report
For me personally the full food tracker is the way to go, but it sounds like you had plenty of demand for this so to each their own!

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I just got mine and I like it. Having that info on hand anywhere is an awesome idea !
Nice idea,but it has the wrong info. I checked to see how correct it was. I have nutrition guides from restaurants and I compared them to what the app has. I found only 1 thing being correct all the other's I looked up showed a higher calorie's on the app than what is on the nutrition guide. So sorry to say I removed the app. Report
This is interesting and I look forward to trying the out. I've done a few searches and here are my questions: if it's pulling from the SP database and if a food is updated in that database, will it translate to an update to this app? I do understand that this is SP entries only, not an item that a member entered and shared.

Why is that you can see the vitamin percentages when I still can't see them when searching under the SP app? Again, I am referring to a food item that is stored in the SP database, for example, "apples, fresh with skin".

Why is that the SP database does not list a "sweet potato [raw, unprepared]" with the option to record in grams?

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