Can Smartphones Can Help You Eat Better?

A smartphone is great for calculating your net worth, listening to music, and taking photos.

But did you know that a smartphone is also great for helping you eat better? Well, that’s what 82 percent of respondents believe, according to a recent survey. That stat comes from food ethnographer June Jo Lee, who specializes in cultural analysis, and who also recently conducted a survey at a whole grains food conference in Boston.

Smartphones have the ability to help increase food literacy – just by doing a Siri or Google search. Many social researchers believe it is also influencing not only what millennials think, but what they eat. The real question is, do they end up eating better and healthier or do they just think they are eating better and healthier. It’s hard to know for sure — because the data is all self-reported.

One thing, however, is clear — access to information about foods via smartphone and social media will help to drive increasing interest in healthy foods. Smartphones have replaced cookbooks and grandma’s recipes from being the main source of good eating instruction.

Here’s some good advice from the FDA about eating healthy:

Strive for a diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and nuts. Choose foods that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugar.

  • Check the serving size and number of servings
  • Calories count, so pay attention to the amount
  • Look for foods that are rich in nutrients
  • Know your fats and reduce sodium for your health
  • Reach for healthy, wholesome carbohydrates
  • For protein, choose foods that are lower in fat

A Smartphone can also enhance your time-sensitive, high-priority communication

With a little help from OnPage time-sensitive priority messaging, a smartphone can be great for helping to ensure uptime of your servers, managing communications for an emergency rescue, or for keeping in vital touch with the hospital staff.

Resource you can use:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Nutrition Facts Label Programs and Materials

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH)

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Nutrition Information

Choose My Plate

Check out this PDF:   The right tools to balance your diet

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