As we try to live healthy as a family, plus living with a child with Type 1 Diabetes, it is very important that we know what we are eating. Packaged food has nutrition information clearly displayed, but it also often contains high sodium, or other ingredients that aren’t so healthy. Fresh food and raw ingredients are good for you, but how do you know how much you actually need, and in the case of our Diabetic daughter, it’s very important to know the amount of carbohydrates in the food we are giving her in order to maintain the proper blood sugar balance in her body. We were asked to review the NutriCrystal Wireless Smart Food Scale. This scale looked very interesting to us as it accurately displays the weight (as you would expect), but it also connects through Bluetooth to your wireless device (iOS and Android) to allow you to find out more nutritional information about what you are putting on the scale.
The scale comes in six different colors, so it’s easy to find one that works with your kitchen. It’s easy to clean, and comes with a USB cord to recharge the battery. They claim to be the first Bluetooth Digital scale that is able to connect to a wireless device.
There are two different apps available to connect to the scale, one for tracking your nutritional intake over any period of time (day/week) as well as one that would be useful for finding the nutritional info of individual foods or when combining basic ingredients together into a recipe.
The app is continually updated and I hope to see some improvements in the near future, but I really like where this is heading. We have another scale, but it has a large database of foods, but it cannot be expanded. This has the potential to continue to grow over time as new foods are added to the database which is nice.
I’m not a big fan of how you have to choose a category first, then choose the food. It should be a little easier then that by typing part of the name of the food and then selecting it from a list. Also at the current time, some foods are not in the list or are a little more difficult to find in their categorization.
The apps are free, and it is very easy to connect to the scale, simply by turning on the scale, then pressing the ‘connect’ button within the app. You can easily change between units of measure, so it can be easily used just about anywhere.
I think this product is good, but the apps that I tried need some work. They have already made some good improvements to it since I started working with it, so I’m sure they will keep improving it, but until those changes are made, this scale/app combo may not be the best depending on what your personal needs are. Some Apps (like the Diabetic calculation App) are currently only available for Android devices so I was unable to test them for this review.
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