Managing meals as a diabetic can be hard and frustrating at times. No longer, if you can make use of a proper meal planner.
This app simplifies food management and allows diabetics to break free of boring routines. Make cooking and trying out new foods exciting again and rediscover the joy in eating out.
≡ WHY COUNT CARBS ? ≡
Especially new, unknown products and their effects on blood sugar levels are often hard to assess and so we all fall into this dull habit of eating the same things - day in, day out.
Counting carbohydrates is a good solution for many people with diabetes, not just those taking insulin. The International Diabetes Association recommends "carb counting as an [effective] meal planning technique for managing blood glucose levels".
≡ WHAT DOES IT DO? ≡
This app was specifically designed for diabetics (type 1 & type 2) and aims to make the whole process easy and simple to use:
• identify carbohydrates in different foods
• calculate the amount of carbohydrates these foods contain for your serving size / meals
• start looking at how much insulin to take for the amount of carbohydrates consumed
The database contains carbohydrate values for thousands of popular foods. Simply set your serving size with the swipe of your finger and add calorie information if you struggle with the weight management part. The calculations necessary for a complete meal are automated and will offer you more flexibility, greater control and freedom of lifestyle.
≡ SIMPLE INSULIN MGMT. ≡
If you take insulin, you can set 1 CU to your preferred “insulin to carbohydrate unit ratio”.
For the future, you will know exactly how many shots you will need with each carb unit you consume.
It is possible to adjust the app from 5 grams to 18 grams of carbohydrates per carb unit (CU) and the app will do all the necessary calculations for you!
≡ BENEFITS OF CARB UNITS ≡
Once you learn how to count carb units, you’ll find it easy to fit a much larger variety of foods into your meal plan. This app will open up options you never knew you had!
Traditionally, diabetics count the total amount of carbohydrates in their food which is difficult to keep track of and makes products hard to compare.
If you count carb units instead, very different types of food will become easy to compare - regardless of their weight / serving sizes. So knowing two products have 1 CU (carb unit) is ideal for making quick decisions on what is recommendable to eat.
160 g of fresh strawberries and 25 g of french fries from a large fast food company (roughly half the size of a small portion) contain the exact same amount of carbohydrates and therefore 1 carb unit (CU).
So having a CU table is also great for food comparison and product substitution.
≡ APP FEATURES ≡
=> Carb units & calories for thousands of food choices
=> Adjustable carb unit calculations (5g – 18g of carbohydrates per CU)
=> Quick, paperless solution to search and find the right foods
=> Simple serving size calculator for improved accuracy
=> Save personal serving sizes for later
=> Save regional foods & personal favorites
=> Create & sort lists by nutrient, ascending or descending
=> Nutrient filter to optimize your meal planning
=> VoiceOver support if you suffer from diabetic retinopathy
We're excited to introduce new features and upgrades for iOS 12!
Take advantage of its amazing new capabilities and options to further improve your health.
We have also updated the app and introduce countless new food options. Enjoy!
Ratings and Reviews
It is what it is.
Thus app is a calorie and carb reference, nothing else. It does not keep track of anything. If that is what you're looking for get a different app. This app works great for what it was designed for. Not all apps are designed to do everything. I like it I find it very useful and plan on using it for a long time.
Developer Response ,
thanks so much for this great review. You've absolutely nailed our intentions on the head. We strive to be as useful as possible and want to minimize effort for Diabetics - we have to take care of enough stuff every day already!
Still, we listen to feedback from our users and are happy to discuss suggestions for future development efforts. Feel free to drop us a line anytime if you got more input!
Do not buy this app if you are trying to calculate meals as a diabetic. It does not even have fruits or vegetables as a category to choose from. Horrible app with lists of unhealthy food choices.
Developer Response ,
Unfortunately, you seem to not have looked very hard.
The app has a special "Categories" section (even shown in the App Store screenshots) which includes
- "Vegetables & Herbs" or
- "Fruit & Fruit Products"
- among 47 more categories of foods to choose from!
The search results are all sorted alphabetically and getting to fresh products is as easy as searching for "Fresh Products". Results will immediately start out with A for apple until Z like Zucchini. Simply add more detail / words to zero in on more detailed results.
We hope we were able to help you manage your diabetes better after these tips! Feel free to write to our support staff if you have additional questions.
Not very useful
Hit or miss on brands. Good luck actually finding staple foods.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.