Carbs & Cals: Diet & Diabetes 4+

Visual carb & calorie counter

Chello Publishing

Designed for iPad

    • 3.5 • 1.1K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



EXISTING USERS PLEASE NOTE: Only your custom foods and meals will come across. Exercise and diary entries will NOT. There is also no exercise feature yet as we plan to improve this.

Upgrading from the old v4 app? You will be on the Legacy Plan at NO EXTRA COST with access to ALL FOODS from the old app.

If your goal is to log daily food intake, the award-winning Carbs & Cals tracker makes logging food easy! Compare your plate to the portion photos in the app, for the fastest nutrient count and intuitive portion control.

The revolutionary app is the only diabetes, diet and weight loss app to feature food and drink photos. With a database of over 5,000 photos, the app gives you at-a-glance carbohydrate, calorie, protein, fat and fibre values for all your favourite foods in a uniquely visual way.

FOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT, QUESTIONS & SUGGESTIONS: Please email and we'll be happy to help!


The Carbs & Cals App is designed to help you track your diet and manage your nutritional needs with confidence. It’s the ideal pocket diet pro for anyone who is:

• Managing type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes.
• Maintaining a healthy weight.
• Following a weight loss diet.
• Following a low-carb or keto diet plan.
• Following a low-calorie or very-low-calorie diet.


VISUAL FOOD & DRINK DATABASE: Search the ever-growing UK database (now with over 5,000 photos of popular foods and drinks).

RESTAURANTS & FAST FOOD: Full menus (including photos) for Burger King, Costa Coffee, Krispy Kreme, McDonald’s, Subway, Wagamama and more coming soon!

BRANDS: Cadbury, Walkers, Doritos, KitKat, Pepsi, Tropicana and more!

WORLD FOODS: Now includes foods from African, Arabic, Caribbean and South Asian communities in the UK.

PORTION SIZES: See up to 6 portion sizes per food so you can visually measure your portions. No more weighing! Perfect for portion control, carb counting and weight loss.

FULL NUTRITIONAL CONTENT: See the carbohydrate, calorie, protein, fat and fibre content of each food and drink. The ultimate carb and calorie counter for managing type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

5-A-DAY: Track your fruit & veg intake to make sure you reach your 5-a-day target.

ALCOHOL UNITS: Going out for a bevvy? Each drink shows the alcohol content, to help you monitor your consumption.

BLOOD GLUCOSE ICONS: Carb content is clearly displayed as blood glucose icons, highlighting each portion’s possible effect on your blood glucose level.

RECIPE BUILDER: Cooking your favourite recipes? Add ingredients to the builder and the app will automatically calculate the nutritional content per serving.

CUSTOM FOODS: Add your own food photos to build a list of your favourites and customise your app.

CUSTOM MEALS: Eat the same meal regularly? Group the food items together as a custom meal for easy recall.

CUSTOM WEIGHT: If you know the specific weight of your portion, type it in and the nutrients will be calculated.

MEAL CALCULATOR: Find each component of your meal and choose the portion sizes to instantly get the carbs, calories and other nutritional values for the meal.

DAILY DIARY: Store breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks in the in-app diary to track your daily carb, calorie, protein, fat and fibre consumption.

DEVICES: The app has been designed for both phones and tablets, so looks great on different screen sizes.

DEVELOPED & USED BY EXPERTS: Carbs & Cals was developed by Chris Cheyette BSc (Hons) MSc RD, Diabetes Specialist Dietitian, and is recommended across the UK by NHS dietitians and healthcare providers.


The app has 2 plans:
- The free STARTER plan has a basic food database and limited features.
- The UNLIMITED plan has the full food database (inc restaurants and brands) and all features.

You can try out the UNLIMITED plan for free with no commitment via the 2-week free trial. After that, choose from £6.99 per month, or £35.99 per year (less than £3 per month!).

What’s New

Version 5.9.12

- You can now include restaurant names in searches
- Searches improved for C&C book foods, such as Pizza
- Search shows more results which makes it easier to find things

Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

SarahBaldock ,

Type 1 Diabetic!

I have just recently downloaded this app, I also have the book which I use daily as a rough guide but seeing as my iPhone goes everywhere with me this app is helpful for when I’m out as some restaurants/cafes don’t have the carb information to hand (also it takes less time to work it out on the app rather than in my head/writing it all down). HOWEVER, as a Type 1 Diabetic, what would be REALLY great is if you can manually enter carbs. For example, the food packaging may say the carbs are 30g yet on the app they say something lower/higher, so I do tend to go by what is on the actual food packaging (unless I can not for the life of me work it out!).. It is a little frustrating as I can’t manually enter carbs or a certain food item (say Asda/Tesco’s own brand!), but other than that yes it is more handy for when you’re on the go/out!
I would honestly love an updated version, considering this app is advised for T1 Diabetes (who do carb control counting for insulin doses) by MANY doctors/nurses it needs to be updated regularly, at least every month or so!

DJDx2 ,

Best of many options

Apps like this have become commonplace and there are hundreds of websites offering similar data. Carbs and Cals is by far the best of them, offering generic portion photography which is brilliant. We use it for carb counting and probably couldn’t live without it. That isn’t to say it’s faultless.

Other foot tracking apps contain far more branded food alongside barcode scanning (check out Fitbit!) C+C has restaurant food but no photos which in itself is ok, it needs more to make it truly useful as otherwise you can’t compare the meals. Eg prezzo pizza - they don’t offer carbs on their website so I went to compare it zizzi which must be similar but there are no pictures. Don’t get me wrong, if we were in zizzi I would be singing it’s praises for having their menu.

Carbs and cals could almost do with a second app or area just for collating branded food and restaurants.

Welsh Mammy ,

Good but some functions don’t work and lots of foods are missing

This is fairly simple and intuitive to use and there are some very helpful instruction videos. However, I have just added a day’s worth of food and drink and found most weren’t in the database, meaning I had to add them myself. Two functions don’t work: adding a photo of the food and the “delete from dashboard” option (used if, for example, you make a mistake when adding a food.) I have checked my phone settings to make sure the camera is enabled for the app, but still no joy.
Update - I’ve been using the app for 3 days and am frustrated at the lack of branded or supermarket’s own foods, e.g. Tesco 3 cheese bloomer loaf, After eight mint. I couldn’t find any generic equivalents in the database either. Almost everything I haven’t been able to find on this app has been available in My Fitness Pal. I feel like I’ve wasted £4.99 because I can do more in a different app for free.

App Privacy

The developer, Chello Publishing, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Search History
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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