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Know what you eat

Know what you eat
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First Published: Thu, Aug 06 2009. 09 09 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Aug 06 2009. 09 09 PM IST
So how healthy really is a breakfast of whole wheat bread and egg white omelettes? You can try doing all the math with the calories and grams of fat in your head but chances you are, at best, somewhere near the ball park. Use WolframAlpha, that brand new online search engine, to do the math for you.
WolframAlpha, unlike say Google, does not depend on other people’s information to throw up results. It actually has a vast database of information, which it dips into everytime you run a search. So type in two slices of brown bread and the smart search engine immediately trawls up all little minutae of dietary data for the item. Add eggs, coffee and perhaps a glass of juice and WolframAlpha will keep adding one food item after the other into the calculation. Within moments you have complete dietary data for your meal displayed in a very professional looking food label format.
Super useful for watchful eaters, WolframAlpha also offers potential for restaurant owners to clearly calculate and label their fare.
Be amazed while the engine gives you options for all kinds of breads, egg preparations and even types of coffee. You can drill to remarkable detail. (And we love how by default the machine uses data for Starbuck’s coffee of the week. Feel free to choose boring Espresso instead.)
To see the handy computational knowledge engine in action, play the video with this story.
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First Published: Thu, Aug 06 2009. 09 09 PM IST