Version Reviewed: 1.2
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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The food documentary "Super Size Me" stirred up a lot of buzz, and now Morgan Spurlock hopes to create the same hype with his newest Super Size Me app. The app puts fast food and chain restaurant nutrition information at users’ fingertips so that they can hopefully make healthier decisions.
When Super Size Me: What are we eating? is first opened, users are presented with an alphabetical list of available restaurants. When users allow the app to use their location, they can see a list of restaurants that are nearby. Each restaurant that’s included in the app features quick indexes of daily value percentages, nutritional information, nutritional advisories, and facts. This nutritional information can be shared with friends and family via email, text, Facebook, and Twitter.
In addition to viewing the breakdown of menu items, users can also feed the popular (and somewhat creepy) MC Super Sized character. Feeding the character allows users to view meals and daily totals, but it also helps them unlock achievements and special excerpts from the film. On a side note, he gets angry when hungry or harassed so don’t overdo it.
I have used other restaurant apps to show nutritional information, but they aren’t quite as organized and appealing as Super Size Me. The interface is laid out well, and it’s easy to view nutritional information without getting lost in all the breakdowns. The only downside is that the app doesn’t have every single restaurant listed, but it does have many popular ones like Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, Taco Bell, and McDonald’s to name a few. Those who don’t see their favorite restaurant or menu items can submit them to the Super Size Me: What Are We Eating? database.
Anyone looking for a complete food diary may want to look somewhere else, but those who just wish to look up quick nutritional information on-the-go should definitely add this app to their home screen. It’s entertaining, convenient, and it can potentially save users from health issues down the road. Instead of spending $0.99 on a value menu item, download Super Size Me and check the nutritional information first before making that next fast food purchase.