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Researchers compared 5 popular apps for calorie-counting, and the winner is clear

By Aria Bendix, Published on Business Insider

Downloading a nutrition app is easy, but finding one that accurately reports calories is a tougher task.

For those interested in weight loss or healthy eating, choosing from among the hundreds of thousands of health and fitness apps can seem daunting – particularly when there’s little scientific evidence to suggest that certain apps are more trustworthy than others.

A group of researchers has made the selection process a lot easier. Their new study evaluates the accuracy of five of the most popular nutrition apps: Samsung Health, MyFitnessPal, FatSecret, Noom Coach, and Lose It!.

The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), compared all five nutritional databases against professional standards used by dietitians and nutritionists in the UK. Apps with nutritional data that closely matched the UK standards were deemed the most accurate.

For the most part, all five apps provided satisfactory estimates of calories and saturated fat, but a few failed to accurately represent sodium, protein, and micronutrients like calcium and Vitamin C.

The study found a clear winner and a clear loser, but each app had its pros and cons. Take a look at the findings.

***Spoiler Alert: Noom was the winner!

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