Meal Snap for iPhone: Take a Photo of Your Food, Get Back a Calorie Estimate

I’ve always enjoyed looking at photos of food that I ate while traveling. In the past two years or so, I extended my food picture taking to many of my lunches. The main purpose of the lunch photos were to answer the questions of friends and co-workers who asked “what is that and where did you buy it” when they saw me in my former workplace’s kitchen area. But, wouldn’t it be nice to get a bit more information from these photos of food?

I read about phone photo services in Japan a year or two ago that gave the phone user nutritional information about their food photos. That seemed like a good idea but the service was not available in the U.S.

Say Cheese: iPhone App Takes Food Pictures, Counts Calories (TIME/Reuters)

Reuters just reported about a recently released $2.99 iPhone app that provides a calorie range estimate based on food photos recorded using an iPhone.

New app calculates calories through photos of food

So, is it just a gimmick? I haven’t tried it yet. But, the app has earned a respectable 3.5 star (out of a possible 5) rating based on 90 ratings. Many commenters in the App Store say it is working well for them. One commenter took a picture of his/her cat and reported that the app say “not food”.

Meal Snap – Calorie Counting Magic

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