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iSugars App: With Extremely Powerful Search Facility

Independent iOS Developer, James Hollender updated his iSugars app, which helps users trying to restrict their sugar intake by determining sugar content in foods. This is one of the apps updated to version 7.0 in the suite of iNutrient apps: iCarbs, iCholesterol, iFiber, iKals, iPotassium, iProteins, iSatFat, iSodium, iSugars and Vitamin K. Version 6.0 made the app capable of using the entire screen even of newer iPhones with the notch.

 

 

Version 7.0 brings back the Search feature, but one that’s much more powerful. These apps include data from the USDA National Nutrient Database covering the following nutrients: Calories, Carbohydrates, Cholesterol, Fiber, Potassium, Proteins, Saturated Fat, Sodium, Sugars and Vitamin K. All ten apps are universal apps that can be used on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices.

 

The newest feature in version 7.0 of iSugars is a search capability that allows for both simple and complex searches. There are two fields that can accommodate either words or phrases. Using only the first provides a simple search that looks for the supplied value in the title, description and USDA ID fields. If a second word or phrase is supplied, then the user has the choice of three operands for how the fields are evaluated: “AND”, “OR” and “But Not”. As the user enter or changes their values, an instantaneous display is given of how many records will be found. Pressing the “Results” button then displays the full list of matches found.

 

In the “Access My Records” section, each food serving for the day is listed in it’s own section and the total daily amount of the nutrient is included in the day’s heading. This makes comparing nutrient intake for each day an easy task.

 

“High intakes of dietary sugars in the setting of a worldwide pandemic of obesity and cardiovascular disease have heightened concerns about the adverse affects of excessive consumption of sugars. In 2001 to 2004, the usual intake of added sugars for Americans was 22.2 teaspoons a day (355 calories per day). Between 1970 and 2005, average annual availability of sugars/added sugars increased by 19%, which added 76 calories to Americans’ average daily energy intake. Soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages are the primary source of added sugars in Americans’ diets. Excessive consumption of sugars has been linked with several metabolic abnormalities and adverse health conditions, as well as shortfalls of essential nutrients. Although trial data are limited, evidence from observational studies indicates that a higher intake of soft drinks is associated with greater energy intake, higher body weight, and lower intake of essential nutrients. National survey data also indicate the excessive consumption of added sugars is contributing to overconsumption of discretionary calories by Americans. On the basis of the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines, intake of added sugars greatly exceeds discretionary calorie allowances, regardless of energy needs. In view of these considerations, the American Heart Association recommends reductions in the intake of added sugars. A prudent upper limit of intake is half of the discretionary calorie allowance, which for most American women is no more than 100 calories per day and for most American men is no more than 150 calories per day from added sugars.” (Source: Abstract from “Dietary Sugars Intake and Cardiovascular Health” – A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association)

 

The All Foods list allows you to search by any word or partial word from all the Food Titles. Selecting a food in any of the tables will display pertinent information about the selected food serving:

  •  Food Title
  • Weight (in grams)
  • Common Measure (serving size for weight)
  • Sugars Content (in grams)
  • Calories
  • Percentage of Sugars by Weight (if at least 1%)
  • USDA Description
  • USDA Food Group
  • USDA Nutrient Database Number

 

Information is derived from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. There are currently over 1,100 different foods included, searchable using more than 2,500 names (some foods are known by different names or how they are prepared, e.g., “Egg, Scrambled” and “Scrambled Egg”).

 

The iSugars app is one of 10 apps in the iNutrients collection. Others include:

  • iCarbs – Carbohydrates – great for bodybuilders or diabetics
  • iCholesterol – Dietary Cholesterol – for those wanting to watch their cholesterol intake
  • iFiber – Fiber – for those interested in getting enough fiber in their diet
  • iKals – Calories – for anyone watching their calories
  • iPotassium – Potassium – helps with anxiety, stress, blood pressure, brain function, cramps and many other ailments
  • iProteins – Proteins – great for bodybuilders, vegetarians or vegans needing to make sure they get enough protein in their diet
  • iSatFat – Saturated Fats – for those who have been advised by their physician to limit their intake of saturated fat
  • iSodium – Sodium – for those who want to cut down on their salt intake
  • Vitamin K – Vitamins K1, K1D and K2 – For users of blood thinning medications like Coumadin or Warfarin

iSugars is available in the iTunes App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The current price is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and can be found in the Health & Fitness category. As always, updates are provide free of charge. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website, blog or organization when making a request.

 

Users interested in multiple nutrients should be aware of the “Most Popular iNutrient Apps Bundle (5 apps) App”, which includes all ten of the above listed nutrients.  It also includes the capability for altering the color scale for each nutrient if desired. And Custom Foods can be created for those not included in the USDA database. Even an entire meal’s nutrient information could be included in a single Custom Food definition to make entry even simpler. The iNutrients app is available for less than the cost of three individual iNutrient apps and is specially reduced during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

iProteins Update: Now with Extremely Powerful Search Facility

James Hollender updated his iProteins app, which aids in determining Protein amounts in foods. This is one of ten apps updated to version 7.0 in the suite of iNutrient apps: iCarbs, iCholesterol, iFiber, iKals, iPotassium, iProteins, iSatFat, iSodium, iSugars and Vitamin K. Version 6.0 made the app capable of using the entire screen even of newer iPhones with the notch.

 

 

Version 6.0 made the app capable of using the entire screen even of newer iPhones with the “notch”. Version 7.0 brings back the Search feature that’s much more powerful. These apps include data from the USDA National Nutrient Database covering the following nutrients: Calories, Carbohydrates, Cholesterol, Fiber, Potassium, Proteins, Saturated Fat, Sodium, Sugars and Vitamin K. All ten apps are universal apps that can be used on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices.

 

The newest feature in version 7.0 of iProteins is a search capability that allows for both simple and complex searches. There are two fields that can accommodate either words or phrases. Using only the first provides a simple search that looks for the supplied value in the title, description and USDA ID fields. If a second word or phrase is supplied, then the user has the choice of three operands for how the fields are evaluated: “AND”, “OR” and “But Not”. As the user enter or changes their values, an instantaneous display is given of how many records will be found. Pressing the “Results” button then displays the full list of matches found.

 

The iProteins app provides information about foods and how they are rated for Protein content. This is given as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. This can help to make sure users get their recommended daily amount of Proteins.

 

There are eight tables listing foods:

  • All Foods
  • Fast Foods
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Meat, Fish & Shellfish
  • Dairy & Egg
  • Cereal Grains & Pasta
  • Sweets
  • Snacks

 

The All Foods table includes a search capability to quickly find food servings you are interested in. Selecting an item in any of the tables will display pertinent information about the selected food serving:

  • Food Title
  • Weight in grams
  • Common Measure, e.g., 1/2 cup, etc.
  • Protein Content
  • Calories
  • USDA Description
  • USDA Food Group
  • USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference ID

 

Information is derived from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Protein Content of Selected Foods per Common Measure. There are currently over 1,100 different food servings included, searchable using approximately 2,500 names (some foods are known by different names or how they are prepared, e.g., “Egg, Scrambled” and “Scrambled Egg”).

 

The iProtiens app is available in the iTunes App Store for iOS. The current price is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and can be found in the Health & Fitness category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website, blog or organization you represent when making your request.

INR Assist App 20% OFF During Pandemic

In order to help during the Pandemic, indie developer, James Hollender is offering 20% off his INR Assist app – for Users of Coumadin or Warfarin. This is a medical app for iOS devices. INR Assist is designed to help patients on blood thinners keep track of their Vitamin K intake, which is known to affect INR/PT results.

 

 

Users can keep track of the foods they eat, track calories, Vitamin K1, K1D, and K2 intake. It provides fast access to nutritional information for over 8,700 foods, and over 15,400 different food servings, all based on the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

 

“A number of years ago my wife suffered a stroke. As part of her treatment she was referred to the MGH Anti-Coagulation Unit, that would be dealing with monitoring her blood tests for INR/PT,” says the app’s developer, James Hollender. “Although she was provided with a brochure that listed foods containing Vitamin K, I knew there had to be a more comprehensive list. I found one published by the FDA. That became the basis for my Vitamin K and iNutrients apps that have been available for a number of years. My development efforts have led to the INR Assist app.”

 

This app provides comprehensive information in regard to calories and Vitamin K. The nutrients are listed in alphabetical order, and utilizes the entire USDA National Nutrient Database for each nutrient. A quick search function allows comprehensive access to all needed information from the USDA database. All information is stored locally on the user’s device, so no Internet connectivity is required.

 

Users can save information from the Search screen. Users pick a serving size, and the number of servings. They can also create custom serving sizes, from 1 to 500 grams. As serving information is edited, the app automatically displays a graphical representation of the various nutrients via a handy color code. A “Customize” section provides a means for users to create their own Custom Color Scale for each nutrient if desired.

 

Users can store up to a full year’s worth of food serving intake in the app’s Personal Nutrients Data. A handy action button allows users to copy all their food servings to the current day’s list. The My Data section allows anyone to view the complete information available about any intake item by simply tapping the item.

 

Users can delete the current food serving, change the number of servings for the current item, change the intake date to move a food serving to another day, or copy the intake item to the current day. A user’s personal data can be safely backed up and restored via iTunes to any Mac or Windows PC.

 

“It recently occurred to me because many of the Vitamin K app users who were asking to be able to add additional foods, and that just wasn’t possible with the original Vitamin K app, that maybe something in between the Vitamin K and iNutrients apps would be just what was wanted,” continues James. “That’s how the INR Assist app came about.”

 

INR Assist also offers handy information to aid users in understanding the usage of the app, including definitions of what calories are, calorie recommendations by gender and activity levels. It also offers helpful information about nutrients, weight management, physical activity, fats, food groups, carbohydrates, Vitamin K, Coumadin, and much more.

 

INR Assist – for Users of Coumadin or Warfarin 1.0 is now reduced from $4.99 tp $3.99 USD (or an equivalent amount in other currencies) during the Pandemic and is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Medical category. Review codes are available upon request. Users must be 17 years of age or older to purchase this app.

iNutrients App – Save 25% During Pandemic

In order to help with the money crunch during the Pandemic, Indie developer James Hollender is offering 25% off his iNutrients app. This includes the entire USDA National Nutrient Database for Calories, Carbohydrates, Dietary Cholesterol, Fiber, Potassium, Proteins, Saturated Fat, Sodium, Sugars and Vitamin K. The database includes 8,789 different foods and 15,438 food servings.

 

 

Despite the enormous number of foods and food servings in the USDA National Nutrient Database, there are still many which aren’t included. Having the capability of defining Custom Foods that are missing fills this gap, which then makes keeping track of daily nutritional intake more complete.

 

It’s extremely slick to be able to input the information from a packaged food’s nutrition label and moments later see color codings for all ten nutrients indicating the ranking of their concentration.

 

Once the data from the nutrition label is input and saved, the color rankings show up for the Custom Food indicating Carbohydrates are Extremely High (Black); Sodium is Very High (Dark Red); Calories are High (Red); Potassium, Saturated Fat & Sugars are Moderately High (Orange); Proteins are Moderate (Yellow); Cholesterol & Fiber are Moderately Low (Light Green); and Vitamin K is Unknown (Gray) because data wasn’t available. This immediately points out that maybe this small meal, eaten frequently, isn’t as nutritionally good as originally thought.

 

Each Custom Food Definition has one main Serving Size and an allowance to add up to three additional ones. Nutrient data is extrapolated for each of the additional Serving Sizes based on their weight compared to the main Serving Size.  All Custom Food Definitions are automatically included in searches of the entire USDA database.

 

There is nothing that prevents the user from collecting nutritional information for a complete meal and then creating a single Custom Food for that meal. This provides the capability to speed input of the same meal eaten frequently.

 

If for some reason the user doesn’t agree with the developer’s default Color Scales for the ten nutrients covered, each individual scale can be customized. Making a change will be reflected for all previously recorded data when next presented.

 

Ten key nutrients:

  • Calories – Great for anyone concerned about weight management
  • Carbohydrates – Used to make glucose which is the fuel that gives you energy
  • Cholesterol – Dietary Cholesterol – Aids in the production of Vitamin D
  • Fiber – Essential for cardiovascular health; prevents constipation; improves control of diabetes
  • Potassium – Helps with anxiety and stress; blood pressure; brain function; cramps, etc.
  • Proteins – Important for Bodybuilders, Vegetarians or Vegans
  • Saturated Fat – Eat only moderate amounts to keep healthy
  • Sodium – Would you believe there’s sodium in water?
  • Sugars – Help keep your sugar intake under control
  • Vitamin K – Vitamins K1, K1D & K2 – Extremely important for anyone taking Blood Thinning Medications like Coumadin or Warfarin

 

These nutrients are listed and presented throughout the app in alphabetical order. Icons used to help easily identify the nutrients are from other apps by the developer, each covering a single nutrient corresponding to the nutrients in this app are used throughout. For the price of just a little more than two individual nutrient apps, users can get all ten nutrients in a single app.

 

iNutrients utilizes information taken from 100% of the USDA National Nutrient Database for each of these ten nutrients, unlike the individual apps which only cover less than 10% of what’s available. Users will find the Search functionality lightning fast as all needed infromation from the USDA database is local to the app – no internet connectivity is required.

 

From the Search functionality the user can save information for the foods they eat each day. They are able to pick a serving size and then either record a multiple of 0.1 – 9.9 servings; or optionally create a custom serving size from 1 to 500 grams. As they change the serving size they can graphically see the the effect on the various nutrients via color coding ranging from white to black.

 

The My Data section allows users to access up to a full year’s worth of Food Serving Intake Items stored in their Personal iNutrients Database. Select any Intake Item to get the complete information available. From the display users can tap the Action button in the upper right corner to:

  • Delete – Delete the current Food Serving.
  • Change Number of Servings – Change the number of Servings for the current Food Intake Item.
  • Change the Intake Date – Move the current Food Serving to another day. – This is extremely useful if the user wasn’t able to enter what they’ve eaten on the day it occurred; just simply enter it and then use this function to change to the date needed.
  • Copy the Intake Item to Today – This allows the user to copy an individual Food Intake Item from any day, making a copy for the current day.

 

The Customize section provides a means for users to create their own Custom Color Scale for each nutrient if desired in addition to the new feature of creating or updating Custom Food Definitions.

 

This universal app shows rotating images occasionally on the right, when run on an iPad, that are representative of the 25 different Food Groups designated by the USDA. Versions of these images will typically be seen whenever a food group is identified on iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. More features are planned for upcoming future releases, especially in the areas of customization and reporting.

 

James Hollender is also the creator of the Life Inventory apps which allow users to discover more about themselves than they ever thought possible, and at just a small fraction the cost of a single visit to a therapist.

 

iNutrients is reduced from $7.99 to $5.99 (USD) during the Pandemic and is available worldwide exclusively through the iTunes App Store in the Health & Fitness and Medical categories. Review copies are available on request to qualified organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OodyMate Empowers People to Eat Like a Local

CrossAxis Inc. announces OodyMate 3.1.1, an update to their social travel app developed for all travelers. This app provides the opportunity to meet other foodies, anywhere in the world. OodyMate is not an itinerary recommendation app, nor is it a dating app. Female solo travelers with safety concerns can request to meet with other women only.

 

 

For vegan travelers, there is also the option to connect with other vegans. OodyMate leverages the power of community to help travelers around the world. How do you find a good place to eat without spending hours researching online or ending up at a tourist trap? If you don’t speak the local language, the chances of finding somewhere that provides a truly authentic dining experience are reduced even further.

 

The app’s innovative matching system allows users to eat like a local. After downloading the app, users can browse through the list of open requests and locals in every city. Posted OodyMeet (open request) will remain on the list for other users to see. Once there is a match, start chatting to get to know each other and coordinate the meeting. Travelers using the app can choose in advance if they want to split the check with a local or pay for their host’s meal in exchange for being introduced to a good dining establishment.

 

OodyMate 3.1.1 is completely free of charge (free from advertisements) and available worldwide through the App Store in the Travel category. There is also an Android version available on Google Play.

Plonty for iOS – Manage Sushi Orders Easily

The DualBit Team introduces Plonty for iPhone, a brand new app that gives to all sushi lovers the chance to track and manage their orders when they are in their favourite restaurants. Users will never lose a dish again.

 

Plonty will also remember what you ordered last time, so that you can make the same order or adjust it with gestures and in a matter of seconds. Plonty will work with every food type based on often small servings, especially in restaurants with the all-you-can-eat formula where users usually order lot of different dishes.

 

Main Features:

  • Gesture based app, to let adding of dishes swift and easy
  • Google Places search to quickly find your restaurant
  • Remembers every order you did before
  • One-tap tutorial to understand how app works at first launch
  • Clean and simple design
  • Dark mode support
  • App is localized in English, Italian, French, Spanish and Deutsch

 

Plonty 1.0.1 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Food & Drink category.

Everyone Find Open Restaurants with Restaurant Shuffle

Decide-N-Dine is the fun, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing way for everyone to decide where or what to eat by engaging in “The Restaurant Shuffle.” It provides a view into open restaurants in the area, along with menus, photos, contact info, and directions on how to get there. As a restaurant appears on the screen, users swipe right if they want more information. Swipe left, a new random restaurant will appear on the screen. Restaurants can be stored and diners need never worry about a restaurant being closed. Decide-N-Dine removes the clutter of long lists and misleading reviews and focuses on what really matters; finding where and what to eat.

 

For Restaurants:
Decide-N-Dine ultimately wants to focus on daily specials and promotions that restaurants have to offer in order to provide hard to find information for customers. This is what makes us unique. We have about 500,000 restaurants in our backend, which will continue to grow every day. Our interactive platform serves as an information portal about restaurants along with a service that shines the light on one restaurant at a time. Since each restaurant is featured one at a time, it is up to the restaurant to update their specials, menus, and photos to make sure they shine the brightest.

 

Decide-N-Dine 1.0.1 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Food & Drink category.

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Chef Rob’s Caribbean Cafe & Upscale Lounge Mobile App Launches

Sandy Spring, Georgia – This week Chef Rob’s Caribbean Cafe & Upscale Lounge introduced its new Mobile App. An Atlanta favorite, Chef Rob’s features well loved specialties like braised beef oxtails, ackee, jerk chicken, curried goat, and dry-rubbed spare rib. His trademark spicy jerk seasoning accompanies many dishes. The new app helps direct consumers to Chef Rob’s upscale location in the Sandy Springs area.

 

More recently Rob added the Lounge that features various tapas, cocktails, hookah, signature wines and VIP Packages with bottle service. Those who download the new app are regularly treated to special discounts and QR coupons for additional savings. The app lets visitors join the loyalty rewards program that provides frequent savings, additional privileges, and access to events. Diners can also use the app to instantly access Chef Rob’s social media sites. This lets consumers get up to the minute updates about new dishes, savings, and events happening at the restaurant and lounge.

Among the most popular features provided by the app is a full-featured reservation function. Users can instantly see what times are available and reserve the slot that best fits their schedule. “You can arrive knowing you will be seated quickly. It makes your dining experience more enjoyable. And it’s especially helpful if you are in a bit of a hurry to get to a show afterward,” said Robert Gayle who is known as Chef Rob.

 

The app also lists news and details about upcoming events such as their popular upscale comedy nights. Those looking for the restaurant/lounge can use the GPS feature to navigate traffic and get there quickly.

 

Of course, booking reservations, harvesting coupons, and exploring Chef Rob’s social media requires some Caribbean music to put one in the proper laid back mood. The app features a music section that streams Chef Rob’s Caribbean Cafe radio. And just in case a user gets stuck in line somewhere and needs something to pass the time, the Chef Rob app includes a fun Caribbean game complete with laid back characters.

 

For those who wonder about the proper amount to leave for a tip, the new app helps in calculating the right tip amount. Users can also send their recommendations for consideration at the restaurant. “We worked hard to provide our patrons with a truly helpful app that will greatly add to their experience here,” Chef Rob said.

 

The app can be used to order favorite selections from the menu. These include Chef Rob’s revered combinations like Curry Chicken & Goat, Curry Chicken & Jerk Chicken, Curry Goat & Oxtails, and Brown Stew & Curry Chicken among others.

 

Fish lovers revel in Chef Rob’s Whole Red Snapper Brown Stewed, Steamed, or Grilled. Or they opt for the preferred Ackee & Sailfish that is served with boiled yellow yam, dumpling, & banana.

 

Those with a hearty appetite can order the 1/2 Roasted Caribbean Jerk Chicken that is slowly roasted over flavored mesquite wood. Many of the entrees are accompanied with suggestions for appropriate wines from the lounge.

 

Reservations:
* Please call (404) 250-3737

 

Opening Hours:
* Mo 11:30-22:00
* Tu 11:30-22:00
* We 11:30-22:00
* Th 11:30-22:00
* Fr 11:30-2:00
* Sa 12:00-2:00
* Su 12:00-21:00

 

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 39.9 MB

 

Pricing and Availability:
Chef Robs Caribbean Cafe 1.0 (app) is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Business category. For more information, please contact Jason Farrell.

 

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Chef Robs Caribbean Cafe offers the best authentic Caribbean cuisine with a gourmet twist. Celebrating Jamaican favorites as a whole, Chef Rob brings a one-of-a-kind, upscale laid-back; establishment to the city. Found merely beyond the Perimeter, in the affluent Sandy Springs area. This place is a must for those trying to find a cultural setting without sacrificing preference and an appropriate dining experience. 5920 Roswell Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30328. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2016 Chef Robs Caribbean Cafe. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.