health

The internet has solved all your food-related problems. Thanks, Google.

No need to get out the food scales: When it comes to sussing out what’s better for you, Google has your back.

Sweet potato or baked potato?

Avocado sushi or tuna AND avocado sushi?

Raspberry muffin or orange poppyseed muffin?

Bolognese or carbonara pasta sauce?

Hamburger with a double patty or cheeseburger with just one patty?

Seriously, how many times have you stood in front of a row of products at the supermarket or a bunch of lunch items at a cafe trying to decide on the healthier option and tossing up the benefits of each in your mind?

There’s so much to consider – nutrition labels, ingredients lists, freshness, quality, preservatives, calories, carbohydrates and protein levels of different ingredients… sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to go for, and exactly what benefits you’ll be getting from each.

Well, prepare yourselves for this. Google has just changed your life by inventing the coolest nutritional tool I’ve seen in forever.

It’s ridiculously easy to use and also ridiculously clever and Google, can you please just stop inventing clever things because you’re making me feel like a serious underachiever…

Anyway. All you have to do is pick two different foods and type them into Google with a “vs” between the two.

I decided to face off two of my favourite fruits against each other – apples and pears…

Would you look at that? Apples have only marginally fewer calories than pears, but also less fibre. Well. Good to know.

You can also hit the drop-down arrow to see complete fat and cholesterol breakdowns, as well as calcium, vitamin, iron, protein, caffeine and magnesium levels. Pretty damn thorough.

But it doesn’t even stop there.

You can specify what *kind* of apples and pears you’re actually eating to make measurements even more exact.

I decided to mix it up by putting microwaved apples and Asian pears up for battle:

Would you look at that – apples are now leading in the calories race.

You can even enter two ENTIRELY OPPOSITE FOODS and they’ll still happily play:

I could play this new Google game all day.

In all seriousness, though, it’s an incredible initiative for Google and one that could be an invaluable tool for people who want to implement healthier choices in their lives but aren’t quite sure where to begin.

I asked Mamamia’s favourite accredited practicing dietitian, Amy Vero, what she thought about the Google tool:

With obesity still increasing in Australia, simple, practical tools can help consumers make informed choices and simple changes to healthier options by providing quick and easy to understand nutritional information through the comparison of different foods. The ability to compare cooking methods is particularly useful in highlighting to consumers how simple cooking substitutions can enhance the nutritional value of their meal.

What do you think of the new Google tool?

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