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Google Details Fast-Food’s Nutritional Value In Search

June 17, 2015 - Written By Ricardo Trevizo

Google has always had a great concern for its customers’ health and general well being, in fact, that vision has been one of the biggest motivators behind several of the internet giant’s new products or services. One great example of this strong initiative, is the addition of nutritional facts to Google Search; ever since the year 2013, Search results yield all the necessary details about numerous popular meals and ingredients. This functionality was hugely adopted, as one of the main issues for finding accurate nutritional information is that there is not a centralized source of information, fortunately Google came to change that. Today, the tech behemoth is expanding this amazing feature to include the menu items from some of the major restaurant chains and fast-food joints. Users will now be able to search and discover the calories, proteins, carbs, and other nutrients of the meal they are about to have, gone are the days of guessing how unhealthy is the meal you’re about to have at McDonalds.

Starting today, you will be able to search for things such as “Big Mac calories” and information will pop up detailing what your body is about to receive; “563 calories” is what the user will see after this query. Each result includes a dropdown menu from which you can select the portion size and other variants to get more accurate results. The details shown by Google after searching for a meal includes a nutritional label in which breaks down the other nutrients that make up the desired meal, things such as fat content, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, and carbs will also be easily viewable without the need to do another search.

This new feature was announced via a Google+ post by Google itself, in which the internet giant used the phrase “We put the app in bon app©tit” which comically describes the advances made by the company in this area of Search. This new feature shows the interest that Google has in keeping its users in one single environment as numerous applications capable of detailing the nutritional values of popular meals already exist. Applications like MyFitnessPal will be severely damaged, as no longer will people have to recur to a different app other than Google to find out the nutritional information about any meal.

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