Good news for produce eaters - The Packer

Good news for produce eaters

06/07/2013 09:56:00 AM
Amelia Freidline

“Figuring out how to make smart choices about some of our favorite foods can often be a cumbersome and daunting process. So we’re hoping we can make those choices a little bit easier: starting today you will be able to quickly and easily find extensive nutrition information for over 1,000 fruits, vegetables, meats and meals in search,” she wrote.

“From the basics of potatoes and carrots to more complex dishes like burritos and chow mein, you can simply ask, ‘How much protein is in a banana?’ or ‘How many calories are in an avocado?’ and get your answer right away.”

The feature (which I have yet to see show up on nutritional search queries) reminds me of the menu calorie count requirement many restaurants have implemented in recent years — only, unlike the jaw-droppingly high numbers on milkshakes and french fries, hopefully this is more positive incentive to swap that cookie for a tasty carrot.

I’ll be interested to see what results the nutrition feature gives when Google finishes rolling it out. It would have come in handy later during our dinner when we tried to calculate the nutrient content of the watermelon we had with dessert.

afreidline@thepacker.com

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