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BATBABY Posts: 217
4/23/12 2:41 P

Replying to say thank you to Menestrello - I'll definitely check out the USDA app. Having that info at hand would be very helpful, even if I don't have a way to log it immediately.

Also hoping to bump the thread and get a few more responses...

Thanks!

MENESTRELLO Posts: 248
4/22/12 8:01 P

I did find an app called MyFood on Amazon, but I have no idea how useful it would be. It uses the USDA Nutritional Database for information, which most sites such as Sparkpeople probably use for basic food information. I am not sure if it stores the database on the Kindle or if it searches online, but since it seems to have a relatively small amount of data, I suspect it's stored on the device. Information on the USDA Nutritional Database is at the end of this message:
Website of software developer:
www.pomapps.com/myfood/

App on Amazon.com:
www.amazon.com/MyFood/dp/B0057IA2OY/?tag=a
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Regarding the USDA Nutrient database
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I'm not sure how much this will help, but I believe a number of the basic food information online comes from the USDA database. The data can be searched online on downloaded. While the most comprehensive form of it is in a large ASCII text file or Access, a slightly less inclusive version is available for Excel (or also in a text file). Here is a page that has some information on the details:
www.ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=2
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If the Kindle can view Excel files, then that might be an option, but probably not as user friendly as you were hoping for. Like TrillianToo mentioned, using the excel version, a person could use VLOOKUP and other Excel functions to devise something as well.


Edited by: MENESTRELLO at: 4/22/2012 (20:11)
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4/22/12 7:10 P

That's a great question.

I struggled with this myself for a couple years and ultimately ended up creating spreadsheets and databases for myself to track everything.

But that was more than a year ago, and before I got my smartphone and could then access the internet with my phone as a wi-fi hotspot (or use my smartphone itself). I don't know if they've come out with something since then.

I'm curious about this as well.


And to answer your other questions, no Spark's app doesn't work offline, and whatever you enter into Spark's app updates to the website and vice versa.



BATBABY Posts: 217
4/22/12 3:23 P

Okay, so I have a Kindle Fire for most of my online activity. I'm looking for an application for tracking my food and/or activity. The problem is that there isn't always wi-fi available when I need to track. There seem to be plenty of "calorie" counters out there, but they don't account for other categories. As a diabetic, I need to know carb counts as well. So I'm looking for something I can access offline, with an extensive database and the ability to enter my own foods with all the nutritional info intact.

I did download the SparkPeople app, but it's my understanding that it doesn't work offline. Is that correct? Also, I couldn't figure out how to enter a new food into the database. If I enter it on the site's database, will it be uploaded into the app? And I'd like for it to be cheap, of course. Any suggestions?

Thank you!

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