We are continuing to demonstrate ways you can use Wolfram|Alpha’s nutrition and wellness data, with helpful input tips and examples. In this example we are talking about how to use Wolfram|Alpha to make smart food choices. A variety of nutritional factors may be of importance depending on your dietary needs and wellness goals, which is why Wolfram|Alpha goes further than just providing the total number of calories in a food item.
Whether you are concerned about monitoring your total fat, cholesterol, sodium, sugar, carbohydrates, or other nutrients, Wolfram|Alpha can provide you with this information for an individual food item, a meal, or a comprehensive calculation of your daily diet. In this post we’ll demonstrate how to calculate and compare the nutritional values of two food items.
You know that moment when hunger strikes and you are tempted to grab the first food you see? How can you choose your healthiest immediate option? Let’s quickly calculate and compare nutritional values of say, one serving each of cashews and almonds. When you enter two foods in the computation bar—”compare cashews and almonds“— Wolfram|Alpha returns an assumption pod that allows you to choose more specific information, such as “cashew nut, dry roasted, without added salt”, or “almonds, dry roasted, with salt”, should your items require it.
Once you make your final selections, you’ll see individual nutrition labels that break down the properties of the items, such as serving size, and provide a breakdown of nutrients and percentages of daily values based on the USDA’s recommendations for a 2000-calorie diet.
Perhaps you are considering having both food items. Click “Total nutrition facts” on the right side of the nutrition facts pod, and Wolfram|Alpha will return a new food label with the total values for both items.
We are hard at work curating nutritional values of some brand-name and specialty foods. More are added every day, and our food database continues to grow.
Be sure to return soon to see how we put all of these food-related topics together to calculate your daily food intake.