Health-conscious people can now easily access through mobile apps for monitoring the levels of nutrients in the food they are consuming. But the drawback in many of these diet trackers is that the user has to browse through the database to select the item to know about its calorie content.
Now a new app has overcome this problem by displaying the calories in food instantly. The app was invented by Astrid Assier de Pompignan and her husband Remy Bonnasse after their 9-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which required them to monitor her carbohydrate intake at every meal while measuring her insulin levels.
‘DietSensor app helps people who need to monitor the calorie levels in the food they eat by just scanning and revealing the nutrient content in them.’
"So many of the apps out there are tedious. We thought of this after our daughter was diagnosed because she had to start counting carbs and reading labels using the other apps on the market, which was time-consuming, and eating was becoming a problem and very stressful. It was impacting her social life, making things like eating cake at a birthday party very complex," said Bonnasse.
DietSensor app has a simple mechanism where it pairs via Bluetooth with the Scio sensor, which has a small infrared light on one end. When placed on food, it analyzes the colors reflected by the light and then compares it to DietSensor's database to determine what's on the plate.
The app shows how much carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are in the food and counts it against the recommended daily intake. For now, it mostly works on basic foods like bread, cheese or mashed potatoes, though one can manually input data for more complex meals like pizza, lasagna or sandwiches through the app.