If you search for health and fitness apps on the App Store or Google Play, you’ll end up with hundreds of choices and a lot of confusion.
One of the more advertised ones we’ve noticed is Fooducate, an app for nutrition goals tracking and dietary journaling.
A few of our clients were asking if we’d recommend it.
So we decided to put it through our usual testing and write a detailed review about it. We’ve done this for all of the most popular apps, and there is a lot of great competition that we could compare it to.
What Is The Fooducate App?
Fooducate is an app that allows you to track all the food you eat and provides you with information about the calories and macros you consume.
The idea is simple.
The more information you have throughout the day about how well you’re sticking to the food you eat and your overall diet, the more likely you are to succeed with your health and nutrition goals .
How Does Fooducate Work?
Fooducate works by allowing you to search for different food products. You could also scan the barcode on a product, which accesses a huge food database to pull in the macros and calories per serving.
You then enter the amount of food you’re consuming, and the app automatically calculates how many calories, protein, carbs, and fat you have eaten.
What people also like about the pro version of the app is that it may help you find healthier products that are more suitable for your dietary goals.
But even the free version has enough features to make this a pretty decent diet journaling app.
“For the dieting newbie, meal planning by counting macros is a good way to get a handle on portion control.”
-Elena Donovan Mauer, Health and Diet Writer.
Pros And Cons
We went through a few hundred reviews to confirm these pros and cons.
The premium features sound pretty good, but once you start using them, you’ll likely hit limitations.
We also found some comments about the scan feature not working on all phones, and the subscription also seems to lack some more direct coaching.
- An easy database search feature that brings up great results and new products
- Many people say they like the quick feedback about macros to make better choices
- The free version seems to lack info on micronutrients
- Some reports of the barcode scanner not working on certain Samsung models
- The coaching and community features are pretty limited
How Much Does the App Cost?
The Fooducate app itself is free, but you could choose to pay for some of the premium functions.
Like other nutrition apps, this is based on a monthly or annual payment.
If you want to set up a monthly rolling service, then it’s $3.99 for the basic pro plan. Adding the gluten and allergen info would cost another $4.99 per month.
Overall, that isn’t the cheapest option, and you can find better diet tracker apps. This is based on current pricing, and it may change in the future.
How do you cancel Fooducate?
You cancel Fooducate by going either into your iOS App Store or Google Play settings and turning off the automatic renewal. You could do this at any time, as there is no minimum term.
Does Fooducate work with other wearable technology?
No, Fooducate doesn’t currently sync up with other wearable technology like Fitbit or smartwatches. This is one of the limiting things that we think need to be addressed.
Do We Recommend Fooducate?
Overall, we found that the basic free functionality is pretty good. It’s limited, but you should get enough info to make some better decisions.
However, we have found the Noom app to be a much better fit for all of our clients.
The paid service is also a lot more helpful when it comes to achieving your weight loss goals.
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