When you start using a new app it can take a bit of time to discover all the helpful little tools. That's why we've put together a list of the features our longstanding members love the most, to fast track you finding them! Making it simple is at the heart of everything we do, our goal is to help you track your food and exercise quickly and easily.
Below are 8 incredibly helpful features in the Nutracheck app, to speed up adding food, and tailor the app for you.
The barcode scanner makes it super quick and easy to add a food or drink to your diary – no need to type in a description or scroll through a long list of options. If you have the food packaging to hand, simply scan the barcode and the exact food product will be returned, just tap to add to your diary. We don't restrict this feature either – it's included in all our membership options.
We have huge directory of foods in our all-UK database – over 430,000 products. The nutritional information is verified by our in-house data team so you can also be sure there will only be one entry (not multiple as happens with crowd sourced data), and the data has been checked for accuracy.
To make finding the exact product you ate easy, we show photos of food rather than just a text description. Photos make it so much faster to spot the product you're looking for. Super-fast and simple!
To speed up adding food to your diary, use Fast Track and Multi-Add. Fast track gives you access to a personal list of the foods you've added most frequently to each meal occasion. Multi-Add is part of Fast Track – it lets you select and add more than one item at a time. This is great when you want to add a combo of foods, for example breakfast, you can add cereal, milk, fruit and coffee all in one go. Fast Track is brilliant if you are someone who has similar meals/snacks each day.
Make your diary your own by customising your meal occasions. You can add up to 2 more meal occasions to your diary, for example 'Drinks' – making a total of 6 occasions if you like. This is great for people who eat smaller more frequent meals, or who are interested to see how calories in drinks tot up each day. You can also customise the names of all your meal occasions if you want to call them something else, if that resonates better with you. For example, some people call their main meal of the day 'dinner' while others refer to it as 'tea'.
Unsure if you're hitting your 5-a-day? Or interested in alcohol units? Nutracheck has trackers you can add to your diary to help you see at a glance how you're doing against certain health targets. You can select your top 2 priority trackers to show at the bottom of your diary – choose from 5-a-day, water, alcohol units and calories from alcoholic drinks.
Note: It's only possible to have one Diary Tracker showing in your diary if you have the maximum number of nutrient columns displayed (four is the max).
It's possible to display up to 4 nutrient columns in your diary at one time, making it easier to see at a glance how you're doing against your key nutrient targets. Pick the 4 nutrients that are most important to you – kcals, protein, fibre, sugar, carbs, fat, saturated fat and salt. We track all 7 of these nutrients along with kcals and you can see how you're doing against all of these targets by tapping the white chart icon in the top right of your diary. The columns in your diary just allow you to keep a daily check on the nutrients that are most important to you personally.
We know that there are some days or occasions where sticking to a reduced calorie intake can be a little challenging. If you've got a meal out planned for example, you may find it easier to have some more calories to play with that day – this is where the Easier Days features comes in. You can select a day or number of days to set as 'easier'. This will reallocate your weekly calories across the week so you have a higher allowance on your chosen easier day and a few less across the other days of the week to compensate.
We provide guidance when you join on what are appropriate calorie / nutrient targets for you, based on official health guidelines – however we understand that everyone is different and you may have different nutritional priorities. So there is the option to set your own targets, from kcals to protein, you can customise your daily allowances for all nutrients to suit your needs. For example, if your doctor or personal trainer has recommended a specific amount of saturated fat or protein to stick to each day, you can set your own goals for this, no problem.
Nutritionist Emma White (ANutr), MSc Human Nutrition is passionate about how food science applies to the human body, and how the nutrients in what we eat affect us and ultimately have an impact on our health.