New iCarbs App Provides Great Information for Diabetics and Bodybuilders

By on Nov 8, 2010 at 6:14 am

Revere, Massachusetts – Locally-based independent developer James Hollender today is pleased to release his iCarbs app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The iCarbs app allows users to easily find out how many carbohydrates are in over 1,100 different food servings, critical information especially for diabetics who need to restrict their intake of carbohydrates. This app is the second in a series, after the Vitamin K app for Coumadin/Warfarin users, based on the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

The iCarbs app provides information about foods and how they are rated for carbohydrate content. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. Bodybuilders probably want to have a high intake of carbohydrates (carbs), but on the other hand diabetics need to make sure they don’t exceed their recommended daily amount. The foods are rated from EXTREMELY LOW to EXTREMELY HIGH in Carbohydrates. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black = Rated EXTREMELY HIGH in Carbs (45.01 – 166.46 g)
* Dark Red = Rated VERY HIGH in Carbs (30.01 – 45.00 g)
* Red = Rated HIGH in Carbs (15.01 – 30.00 g)
* Orange = Rated MODERATELY HIGH in Carbs (12.01 – 15.00 g)
* Yellow = Rated MODERATE in Carbs (9.01 – 12.00 g)
* Yellow-Green = Rated MODERATELY LOW in Carbs (6.01 – 9.00 g)
* Green = Rated LOW in Carbs (3.01 – 6.00 g)
* Cyan = Rated VERY LOW in Carbs (0.01 – 3.00 g)
* White = Rated EXTREMELY LOW in Carbs (almost 0.00 g)

There are four tables listing foods:
* All Foods
* Foods rated Low in Carbs (0.00 – 6.00 g)
* Foods rated Moderate in Carbs (6.01 – 15.00 g)
* Foods rated High in Carbs (15.01 – 166.46 g)

Selecting a food in any of the tables will display additional information including, in some cases, a photograph of the item; and the percentage by weight of carbs (if it is 1% or greater).

Information is derived from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Carbohydrate Content of Selected Foods per Common Measure. There are currently over 1,100 different food servings included, searchable using more than 2,500 names (some foods are know by different names or how thye are prepared, e.g., “Egg, Fried” and “Fried Egg”). A few of these have as many as six searchable names. The Info page provides additional information about Carbohydrates:

“What are Carbohydrates?” – Describes what carbohydrates are, why they are important and differentiates between the different types.

“Carbohydrates & Diabetes” – Provides some guidelines on healthy eating for diabetics.

“Highest Carb Foods” – Lists 15 foods containing the highest amount of carbohydrates.

“How to Use this App” – Provides information on how to more fully understand the information presented.

“About this App” – Identifies the developer and allows the user to report problems, ask questions and make suggestions.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later
* 4.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
iCarbs 1.0 is available in the iTunes App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The current price is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and can be found in the Healthcare & Fitness category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website, blog or organization when making a request.

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James Hollender, a well seasoned Information Technology professional, has been familiar with Apple products since the days of the first Macintosh computer and has been involved with object oriented programming since the introduction of Java, culminating most recently writing apps in Objective C for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. His innovative ideas have resulted in numerous suggestion and other awards including a commendation from The President of the United States. Copyright (C) 2010 James Hollender. 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.

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