Having a problem with managing nutrition? Don’t you worry for Google is setting its sights on your waistline and is aiming to help you with that. Google has just launched a new program last Thursday, May 30, that enables users t o have easy access to nutrition information for more than 1,000 foods. This program will be made available throughout the United States within 10 days.
“Figuring out how to make smart choices about some of our favorite foods can often be a cumbersome and daunting process. So we’re hoping we can make those choices a little bit easier: starting today you will be able to quickly and easily find extensive nutrition information for over 1,000 fruits, vegetables, meats and meals in search.”, nutrition project product manages Ilya Mezheritsky had said.
The list includes basics such as meat and vegetables and some of the more uncommon variety like the chow mein. So whether you simply want to know how much salt is in a glass of tomato juice or you want to know how much fat is in a burrito, Google can provide you with the answers quick and easy.
This program was made possible by Google’s Knowledge Graph which basically brings together all kinds of information from across the web that is not exactly accessible. The graph then helps connect things that are not related. For example, if you are looking for information on “summer squash carbs”, “zucchini” is included in the relevant searches because zucchini s a type of summer squash.
As I have already mentioned, this program is still in progress. However, Google has posted some examples of what the detailed search result will look like when this feature is fully implemented.
It could be said that public health is one of the issues that Google tries to address. In fact, this new feature is actually reminiscent of Google’s 2011 Google Launch of the Body Browser. The company even has a feature that directs suicide-related searches to suicide prevention resources.
Aside from Google, I think it is worthy to note that since 2010, Bing has been featuring some nutrition facts in its search results as well though it’s not as effective as Google is expected to be. The data is also not available through Bing’s natural language queries.