Wellness Wire: New Nutrition Information on Google Search

Wellness Wire: New Nutrition Information on Google Search


Google, you win…again.

Recently the search engine launched a nutrition database for over 1,000 fruits, vegetables, meats and other meals from something as simple as an apple to more complicated like pad thai.

Of course you could have used your resources like The Daily Plate to find out the nutritional content of these items, but Google made it one-step simpler by providing you with information right on the Google search screen. The nutritional set-up is similar to how measurement conversions pop up at the top of your search page and will display a multitude of nutrition facts like calories, fat grams, protein and more.

Siri is getting smarter, don’t you think? If you don’t have Siri, not to worry. With Google’s new voice search feature you can ask Google your questions out loud and get an answer in seconds. All you have to do is click the microphone near the Google search bar and voila! Nutrition questions answered.

Here are a few examples:

  • Tempted to order the chips and guacamole as an appetizer? Ask “how many calories are in chips and guacamole” and you will get your answer.
  • Curious about a food label? Say your specific question and Google’s Knowledge Graph will fill in the blanks for you.
  • Have specific diet restrictions? Test Google by asking if pita bread is gluten-free.

You get the picture. The Knowledge Graph brings together all kinds of information that wasn’t easily accessible on the web so you can eat right right now.

We are so happy about this new feature because SIMPLICITY helps to encourage healthy eating. When you have data so easily available to you, making smarter and healthier decisions will come more naturally. Plus, knowing the nutritional content of food is very important and will help dieters (and the like) make more informed decisions about their food purchases and consumption. The process is s

This is just the beginning of the nutrition database that Google is building. In time more foods and features will be added and eventually Google will share this data in multiple languages.

What do you think of the nutrition information on Google search? Will you be using it? 

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  1. I was actually thinking about this, and with the constant use of google, I think this could potentially help people get an idea of the amount of calories in certain foods. I like this idea, good on google!

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