Indie developer James Hollender has just released the initial version of iSodium, an iOS Health & Fitness app that lists the sodium content of more than 1,100 different food servings is now the 9th app in the iNutrients series. Broken down into seven Categories or as a complete, alphabetical list with search function, users can lookup and record their daily sodium intake. This is a universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
If you are working towards healthy eating, knowing the amount of sodium in the foods available for consumption can be extremely helpful.
There isn't any sodium in water is there? Find out in the included information on managing sodium intake.
The iSodium app provides information about foods and how they are rated for content of sodium. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. The food servings are rated from EXTREMELY LOW in cholesterol all the way up to EXTREMELY HIGH. The following colors help readily identify which is which:
- Black = Rated EXTREMELY HIGH in Sodium (> 1,000 mg)
- Dark Red = Rated VERY HIGH in Sodium (501 - 1,000 mg)
- Red = Rated HIGH in Sodium (401 - 500 mg)
- Orange = Rated MODERATELY HIGH in Sodium (301 - 400 mg)
- Yellow = Rated MODERATE in Sodium (201 - 300 mg)
- Light Green = Rated MODERATELY LOW in Sodium (141 - 200 mg)
- Green = Rated LOW in Sodium (51 - 140 mg)
- Cyan = Rated VERY LOW in Sodium (11 - 50 mg)
- White = Rated EXTREMELY LOW in Sodium (0 - 10 mg)
Essentially, the cooler the color, the lower the amount of Cholesterol, with white being the coolest color and black being the hottest (think burnt). There are eight tables listing food servings:
- All Foods
- Fast Foods
- Fruits & Vegetables
- Meat, Fish & Shellfish
- Dairy & Egg
- Cereal Grains & Pasta
The All Foods list allows you to search by any word or partial word from all the Food Titles. Selecting a food in any of the tables will display pertinent information about the selected food serving:
- Food Title
- Weight (in grams)
- Common Measure (serving size for weight)
- Sodium Content (in milligrams)
- USDA Description
- USDA Food Group
- USDA Nutrient Database Number
This app now allows users to record their intake of the nutrient. The information is maintained for one year and is presented in reverse chronological order grouped by day, so the latest data is presented first in the list. Editing allows for: 1) changing the number of servings; 2) changing the date; and 3) deleting records.
Information is derived from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Sodium Content of Selected Foods per Common Measure. There are currently over 1,100 different food servings included, searchable using more than 2,500 names (some foods are known by different names or how they are prepared, e.g., "Egg, Scrambled" and "Scrambled Egg"). A few these have as many as six searchable names.
The iSodium Info screen provides access to additional information pages:
- Facts About Sodium
- Managing Sodium Intake
- Highest Sodium Foods
- How to Use this App
- Other Important Information (includes allowance to: 1) Report a Problem; 2) Ask a Questions; and 3) Make a Suggestion)
The iSodium app is one of 9 apps in the iNutrients suite. The others are:
- iCarbs - Carbohydrates
- iCholesterol - Dietary Cholesterol
- iFiber - Fiber
- iKals - Calories
- iProteins - Proteins
- iSatFat - Saturated Fat
- iSugars - Sugars
- Vitamin K - Vitamins K1, K1D & K2
iSodium 3.5 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Health & Fitness category. Please note that the initial version of iSodium is 3.5 because it is starting out with all the same great features as the other iNutrient apps. See us at MacWorld/iWorld, Booth 718, in San Francisco January 31st thru February 2nd, 2013.