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FOOD AND NUTRITION

There’s an App for That! n this day of advanced technology, more and more people are using smartphones. One survey found that as of 2012, 54.9 percent of Americans own a smartphone.1 While this is American data, Canadians are using mobile technology at a similar rate. So what do smartphones and nutrition have in common? The answer is “apps,” and not the ones you order in a restaurant. We’re talking about mobile applications on a smartphone that can track your diet. As smartphones gain in popularity, so do the creation of many nutrition apps used for various purposes such

as recipe storage, calorie tracking, and even online support groups. Thankfully for us, a number of renal specific nutrition apps have been developed. Below is a quick look at some of the apps available for use. Some even have capabilities to connect with your healthcare team and send the info to your dietitian. Always remember that while these are great tracking devices and offer great information, they do not replace the recommendations and advice from your registered dietitian. 

Check out www.kidneycommunitykitchen.ca for additional recipes, tips and tracking tools. The Pocket Dietitian Cost

KidneyDiet

RENAL TRKRR

MyNetDiary

Free

1.99

7.99

Free

iPhone

iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

iPhone, Android

Main focus

Food diary / Food tracker

Food diary / Food tracker

Disease conditions

CKD, HTN, DM

Customizable

ShopWell

Reference: Prest, M (2013) Journal of Renal Nutrition, Vol 23, No 4 (July): ppe83-e85. Reprinted with permission: Sundial Newsletter (Winter 2015), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Renal Unit.

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Nutrient Wise

Kidney Diet Recipes

2.99

1.99

iPhone iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry

iPhone, iPad

iPhone, iPad

Food diary / Food tracker

Food diary / Food tracker

Comparison Food Shopping

Nutrient Database

Recipe Collection

CKD

CKD, DM

Weight, DM

General health

CKD, DM, HTN, lipids

CKD

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Calculates nutrition prescription

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Graphs

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

Offers food alternatives

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Portion size guide

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

No

Email diary/list Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Miscellaneous Meals or food

Education on: phosphorus, potassium, sodium and fluids

Can track labs and list of medications Can set reminders for meds and appointments

Food bar code scanner

Food bar code scanner

Platform

recommendations Portion guide for all food groups

Free

Photo credit: GEPM Group

by Nada O’Reilly, Renal Dietitian

Can create and add your own recipe

CKD – Chronic Kidney Disease; HTN – Hypertension; DM – Diabetes mellitus www.kidney.ca/ontario

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Kidney Living Fall 2015  

The Kidney Foundation of Canada - Ontario Branch publication. Fall 2015

Kidney Living Fall 2015  

The Kidney Foundation of Canada - Ontario Branch publication. Fall 2015

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