What is food tracking? Well, this is where you track what foods you’re eating including nutrients and dietary information. I know what you’re thinking, how is it possible to track what you’re eating? Well, you will be pleased to know that using just your smartphone, you can track all the nutrients that you’re getting from a particular product. This is not as hard as it seems either. All it takes is the right app on your smartphone that allows you to scan the barcodes on products to know the amount of proteins and other macronutrients you’re consuming.
There are several apps on the Google Play Store that let you do this, but we’re going to talk about five of the best apps that help you track food intake. So without waiting any further, let’s have a look at our list.
5 Best Food Tracker Apps
As the name suggests, this app lets you track the calories you consume on a regular basis. While it’s possible to scan products and gather details on their nutrients, you can also manually enter data if you prefer precision. This app comes with a dedicated barcode scanner that lets you scan barcodes on food products, thus allowing you to automatically register all the nutrients you’re consuming. In addition to tracking your food and calorie intake, this app also helps you lose weight, stay fit and eat healthy.
You can set goals for yourself that allow you to lose weight or get you started on a fitness regimen. The app also supports a bunch of fitness trackers, particularly the likes of Fitbit and others, allowing you to bring in data from those devices. Calorie Counter by MyFitnessPal is a free download on the Google Play Store with ads and in-app purchases.
This product has a large database of products, numbering at about 250,000 and more. This means there are a ton of products that you can scan using this app alone. By doing this, you can automatically log your nutrients as well as macronutrients like fat, carbs and protein. The app can also provide a nutrition grade for each food (A, B, C, or D). Moreover, the app will recommend what foods to eat in order to lead a healthier lifestyle.
The Fooducate community is pretty huge and you can learn from fellow users on the tips and tricks that work for them. The app also provides expert advice on weight loss and a good diet. What I like about this app’s food tracking abilities is the fact that can tell you about all the hidden ingredients that the manufacturer probably doesn’t want you to know about (MSG, high-fructose corn syrup etc). The app has also been recommended by multiple doctors and specialists in the field. Fooducate is a free app with over a million installs and is ad supported. There are no in-app purchases here.
This app doesn’t have the bells and whistles of the app that we spoke of above, but is still a pretty robust app that helps you log food and track your nutrients. However, you will need to enter these metrics manually since it doesn’t have a barcode scanning feature for products. This is a bit of an inconvenience if you don’t know the nutrients you’re consuming and is only recommended for users who are only casually tracking their protein intake based on the information provided in the retail packaging of a product.
By solely tracking your protein intake and setting protein goals, the app will show you a detailed graph that lets you understand exactly how much protein you have consumed in a day or a week. The app also has a protein calculator that tells you exactly how much protein you need in a day. It’s a neat app and highly recommended for simple and uncomplicated food tracking. It’s a free download on the Play Store and comes with ads and in-app purchases. The app is compatible with Android 4.0.3 and up.
MyPlate Calorie Tracker
This app brings barcode scanning, manual food tracking and a lot more to the table. It can help you stay fit, lose weight, and reach your personal fitness goals in your own time. The app also has a workout logging feature which allows you to choose from an extensive list of workouts to add to your fitness profile. The app displays an image of the everyday protein, carbs and fat consumption on your homepage, helping you cut down or increase further depending on your fitness regimen.
While the app is free to download, some of its top notch features are reserved for paying customers or “Gold” subscribers. This includes priority customer support, an exclusive gold badge for your profile, as well as access to a clean eating guide with 21 recipes for a healthy lifestyle. It’s up to you if you think a premium subscription is worth these benefits, but the free app is pretty good on its own, so it’s definitely worth a try. MyPlate has no ads, but comes with in-app purchases.
Stupid Simple Macros
This is perhaps the best way to get in shape, as there are no strict restrictions on what you eat, while it doesn’t necessarily compromise on your overall health either. It’s a perfect balance of fun and healthy, allowing you to make nutrition and food tracking a hassle free process for all. The user gets to eat whatever they want as long as it fits with their macro diet plan. The app also comes with a barcode scanner with over 500,000 items in its database, allowing you to log practically any food item you can find from the grocery store. You can get a bird’s eye view of your overall progress and make necessary adjustments accordingly.
Stupid Simple Macros is an excellent app to have, especially if you don’t want to get tangled up in the complexities of food tracking. It’s a free app on the Play Store but supported with ads and in-app purchases.