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.
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 and exercise monitoring.
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 food entry
✘ Australian food composition database
✘ Data entry becomes monotonous in time
✘ Data entry is time consuming
✘ Available on iTunes only
Date of review: October 2019
Platform reviewed: Apple
Download size: 287 MB
Updated on: 18/09/2019
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.