By Large Pox
I have tried a ridiculous number of such apps, including all the big ones like MyFitnessPal, and Wholesome stands out. It's the only one that really revolutionizes my mental attitude, encouraging me to eat healthily.
Some say you don't need to worry about micronutrients - just watch your macronutrients and take vitamins. However, studies have found that taking vitamins increases the risk of cancer, relative to a placebo. (Search the Internet.)
And yet insufficient micronutrient intake has also been found to cause health issues. Therefore, it is important to track them. Plus, by using this app to monitor my micronutrients and receive recommendation of foods to fill my needs, I noticed an immediate dramatic shift in my eating towards healthy foods.
Do not fret the lack of a barcode scanner. For any such app, you need to forego scanning and use the built in generic foods or USDA type database, because user-entered foods usually have only the most basic nutrition stats.
The app is beautiful, except if you start using lots of USDA entries, since they have no photos. You can get around that by making a recipe that is just a USDA food plus a photo. Unfortunately, user-entered photos take a long time to display in the daily diary.
The calorie display is simple, just a number that turns red when you go over. I would prefer a bar to show the percentage, adding calories burned from exercise and importing that info from the Apple Health app. To be clear, it does not do that. However, you have to understand that the philosophy of the app developers is that you should eat healthily, not obsess over calories. I am hopeful that this will be the recipe for long term success in keeping fat off and building muscle.
The daily diary is disabled in the free trial. You have to buy the app to really get a feel for it. It is worth the gamble. The one time price is about like 1 month of service for the subscription-based alternatives. My rating takes this into account, otherwise I might dock a star for bugs and glitches. None are crippling. Highly recommended!
I love this app. It took a little time to figure out but now it is so helpful. Most apps only give macronutrient info, but this one tracks vitamins, minerals, and more. My one complaint is that when entering new recipes there is nowhere to note serving size. It just asks how many servings there are, so if you want to use someone else’s recipe you only know the nutritional info for a serving, but not how much is in a “serving” (1/2 cup, 2 Tbsp, 1 cup, etc.) so it makes it tough to enter how much you ate.
Otherwise, a wonderful app!
Love concept but not enough foods
I love the idea of this app, but it is lacking a lot of foods. I also can’t figure out the recipe piece and the faq is not super helpful. Hopefully, bugs will get worked out and more foods will be added!
Good but could be better with a few changes
This is an excellent app for showing you the actual nutrition content and essential vitamins/minerals/steroids/flavinoids etc.
I’m very satisfied with the nutrition information that it gives you-however I find The app lacking information on many basic food items-especially alcoholic beverages. It would be extremely helpful if the programmers would add a UPC code scanner.
By Austin bryen
Practically worthless... You have to manually enter everything... i mean everything... Until they make data entry and calculations as seamless as in MyFitnessPal, it makes no sense downloading it
Not intuitive, not useful
You can’t add supplements, you can’t add things like carne asada or other common foods carnitas. It seems mostly geared toward commercial foods in its database but can’t figure out how to enter just ordinary food like beef.
WOW ! This has the food diary right !
By Insomniac 247
This calculates & tracks ALL the vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients. The food database is excellent for REAL food, not just brand name processed foods like other apps. The user interface is excellent - very easy to find and enter what you’ve eaten for the day.
I don’t know if similar apps with this type of approach are out there because I’ve been so pleased with this one for a couple of years now I’ve stopped looking around. It’s fascinating and fun too. The recipes are attractive and well presented. Everything is pretty user friendly and it can be customised also for individual needs. On the rare occasions when a bug happens the developers are in quick contact for a solution. Very pleased.
This is a great app to keep track of micro and macro intake. There are some GUI changes I would like to see in regards to accessing foods that have been favorited. But other than simple changes like that this is a wonderful tool and I’d highly recommend it to anyone interested in engaging more closely with their food.
My favorite feature is the “suggested foods to eat next.” This feature gives you suggestions for how to fill in the rest of your dietary needs for the day. Again, I am very satisfied with my purchase of Wholesome and highly recommend it.
Missing Basic Foods
Three stars for the theoretical ability to track micronutrients.
I wanted to like this, but I don’t see the point of using a nutrition app that doesn’t know that turnips and collard greens exist. I’d expect there are quite a few other things too.