Caution should be exercised when using diet apps

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Caution should be exercised when using diet apps

If you are using or considering a diet app on your smartphone, you may want to consider reading an informative article by the New York Times.

Smartphone diet apps are evolving from simple programs that classify foods as either good or bad to artificial intelligence that performs the role of nutritionist and health coach based on the user’s individual microbiome, metabolism, blood glucose, and lipid levels.

Some users have achieved health goals, but few apps have undergone scientifically rigorous studies, and experts say users should approach health claims with caution.

The Times says:

The field of personalized nutrition is still in its Wild West phase, and experts say it’s important to sort through the hype. Many companies are willing to test your microbiome and offer A.I.-driven dietary recommendations — as well as sell you supplements — but few are based on scientifically rigorous trials. Last year, uBiome, which made one, was even charged with fraud. In general, the more broad-ranging the health and weight loss claims the companies make, the less reliable the evidence to support them.

They conclude:

For now, these apps could assist nutritionists with meal suggestions, but aren’t going to replace them

You can find the full story here.


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