An app for people wanting to monitor energy intake on a regular basis. This app is best used under the supervision of a dietitian or health professional.
|Easy Diet Diary NZ
||By Xyris Software Australia
- Calorie counter
- Diet tracker
- Barcode scanning
- Exercise tracker
- Weight Chart
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- Collect medical information: Yes (weight, height, date of birth, etc)
- Require a login: Yes - Facebook or Email
- Can be password protected: Password required for initial sign up but not when reopening app
- Require internet access to use: No
What does the app do?
Easy Diet Diary is an app that records food consumed by the user and links to food composition software. The primary aim of the app is to monitor energy, protein, fat, carbohydrates and a limited number of micronutrients. Additional features of the app allow weight, exercise monitoring and an option of turning on renal nutrients, which estimates sodium, potassium, calcium and phosphorous intake.
This app is best used under the supervision of a dietitian or health professional with access to FoodWorks software (Xyris Ltd). If used in isolation it still has benefit for a knowledgeable consumer with an understanding of appropriate energy requirements and exercise.
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✔ Freely available.
✔ Generally easy to use.
✔ Ability to share data with a health professional or dietitian.
✔ Barcode or database search for food entry.
✘ Australian food composition database.
✘ Data entry becomes monotonous in time.
✘ Data entry is time consuming.
- September 2022, Android, Version: 6.0.28
- October 2019
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Reviewer: Member of the public, Auckland, Manukau, NZ
Date of review: February 2023
Comments: Would be good if you could enter the times of meals.
Reviewer: Frances Arenhold, Registered Dietitian
Date of review: September 2022
Comment: This app is most useful for people wanting to monitor energy and/or macronutrient (carbohydrate, protein, fat) intake on a regular basis. The app also may be useful for those wanting to monitor their sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorous or fibre intake. Easy Diet Diary NZ is best used under the supervision of a dietitian or health professional with access to FoodWorks software (Xyris Ltd) so an in-depth food composition analysis could be run. If used in isolation it still has benefit for a knowledgeable consumer with an understanding of appropriate energy requirements and exercise.
Safety concerns: The ability of this app to monitor renal nutrients is limited by FoodWorks being a sample of Australian foods. Clients with renal disease should consult a renal dietitian before using this app for monitoring.
New Zealand relevance: Although the app is titled Easy Diet Diary NZ, the food composition database that the app links to is Australian. FoodWorks is an Australian database of food products so some variations in food composition is likely but a reasonable representative of energy and nutrient consumption.
Reviewer: Member of the public, Auckland, NZ
Date of review: June 2022
Comments: This app is excellent. You can check all sorts of foods, make a list of your favourite foods, add recipes and get the nutrition value, track your calories for the exercises you do, check calories, carbs, sugars, and fats. This is my go-to app everyday!
Reviewer: Member of the public, Canterbury, Christchurch
Date of review: April 2022
Comments: I felt accountable for what I eat and it works out my calorie intake.
Reviewer: Member of the public, Waikato, NZ
Date of review: February 2022
Comments: It has both cals and kJs. Cannot remove a recipe.
Reviewer: Member of the public, Auckland, NZ
Date of review: November 2021
Comments: Most foods I buy are in the database, I can add those that aren’t. Intuitive. Didn’t understand the % clock though, not at all clear what it refers to.
Reviewer: Dr Andrea Braakhuis, Academic, Registered dietitian, The University of Auckland, October 2019
Comment: This app is most useful for anyone wanting to monitor energy intake on a regular basis. Users can get information about the foods they are consuming. This app is beneficial for any consumer working with a registered dietitian, as the app allows data sharing. Also, the app has the functionality to link to Foodworks software, so the dietitian could run in-depth food compositional analysis on the data the consumer enters. This is a novel feature for an Australian/NZ based app. In isolation, the app still has benefit for a knowledgeable consumer with an understanding of appropriate energy requirements and exercise.
Safety concerns: No particular concerns.
New Zealand relevance: Although the app is titled Easy Diet Diary NZ, the food composition database that the app links to is Australian. I would acknowledge Australian food composition is closely linked to New Zealand, but many brand names and products are formulated differently between countries. However, better to link to Australia food composition than United States, for example, as with many alternative apps.
Reviewer: Member of the public, Marlborough, Blenheim
Date of review: March 2020
Comments: It gets results.