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I recently had the chance to speak with CEO Victor Penev and check out an app called Edamam that has set out to change how people find recipes. The app features over one million (yes that’s six zeroes) high quality recipes for users to browse through. What makes it so unique from other apps similar to it is the semantic technology to enhance the search experience. “Behind this seeming simplicity and elegance sits a powerful semantic platform, utilizing artificial intelligence technologies,” said Penev.
When a list of recipes is shown, users browse them by picture so they can actually see the dish first. Each recipe provides a complete nutritional profile, a list of shopping ingredients and the source of the recipe. If the results look overwhelming, it’s possible to narrow and filter them based on diet or health restrictions. There are popular choices like Vegan, Gluten-Free and meals under 200 calories.
The goal is to help users make better food choices. Instead of spending hours in front of the computer, Edamam makes it possible to find exactly what they are looking for thanks to its intuitive interface. According to the Penev, “It saves time and allows for intuitive, easy answers when they are most needed – at the grocery store or the green market.”
I asked Penev about what makes Edamam’s service better than just searching for a recipe on Google? “Google in particular is a very painful search experience with regard to recipes,” he said, “especially in a mobile environment. The top results are never of quality recipes but rather of sites that are good at SEO and often times are not even recipes. Users inevitably have to scroll, click through and read through many pages to start narrowing results. Google also does not allow for diet/health filtering. Last but not least, Google’s recipe search is not a visual search. People want to see only a few quality, visually compelling recipes and have the ability to quickly compare them and choose what they need all while walking in the aisles of a store. Edamam has solved this problem for consumers, Google has no answer.”
So, there you have it. Edamam is for passionate cooks as well as those who love to eat. It not only saves time, but it also helps users discover new quality recipes. Edamam is completely free to download and there are no hidden in-app purchases.
Introducing a new nutritional app that you’ll want to have with you every time you pop out to go buy some groceries. Fooducate offers UPC spanning and a database of over 200,000 items (and growing) to not only give you a full nutritional rundown of the items you’ve bought, or plan to purchase, but healthier alternatives too.
Fooducate plans to help educate the public by making learning and understanding nutritional information about the food products you buy easier and more interactive. Instead of having to read the nutritional data and ingredients for every single item you wish to purchase, you can simply can the UPC into Fooducate and get an overall health score for that particular item.
Fooducate takes all the nutritional information available about each product and provides you with an overall score. It will also give you any particular warnings and important information about the products themselves, in additional to the Food Points value for dieters.
You can use Fooducate every single time you shop to make healthier choices, without having to scour the labels and nutritional facts of each product. This app offers several Healthy suggestions for each item you choose, giving you alternatives to help you make better food choices.
It’s worthy to note that Fooducate is not affiliated with any brand, product, label or food manufacturer. So the suggestions you’re getting are not meant as marketing or advertisements in any way. The Fooducate people are simply trying to promote healthier lifestyles by giving you an easy way to know exactly what you’re buying and eating. Please do keep in mind that this app is still for information purposes only and that they can not be held responsible for out of date or missing information when it comes to products listings, and nutritional information.
Fooducate can be used on any iPhone, and iPad 2, and iPod touches (with cameras). It is available for free from the iTunes App Store, have a quick look at the video below to see how it works:
Released: 2010-11-04 :: Category: Healthcare & Fitness