Usually, when we snap a cell phone pic of our meal, we're proclaiming to the world (or at least our Facebook followers), “This mac and cheese is scrumptious!”–not, “I just consumed 1,623 calories!” But alas, technology wins again.
Meal Snap, a new iPhone app by DailyBurn, automatically translates your food photos into calorie counts. Testers report that the app is quite accurate, giving a correct ballpark calorie range for everything from chips to barbecue ribs. One satisfied customer wrote, “To test it out I took a picture of my cat. The result said she was not food.” The company uses secret algorithms and a photo ID system to come up with the numbers.
Of course, it can't possibly know how much cheese and sour cream is stuffed inside my Chipotle burrito, or that I hid a puddle of ranch dressing under my dinner salad, right? Only my waistline will.