Nutrition check on the go
The new app „Food Navi - cardio“ helps users achieve a wholesome nutrition. In combination with regular exercise it can contribute to a lowered risk of cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. The target group includes people with certain forms of familial hypercholesterolemia/ hypertriglyceridemia, as well as people whose elevated blood fat levels (total cholesterol, LDL, triglycerides) are caused by lifestyle choices or by a bad ratio between the cardiovascular risk factor LDL/HDL, especially if in combination with being obesity, physical inactivity, stress, and smoking.
After entering their personal profile including gender, age, body weight and physical activity level, the program calculates an optimal ratio between the different food groups - represented in a nutrition circle.
Based on the recorded food intake of a full week the app displays on a color bar whether or not the intake is optimal or if there is a need for improvement with respect to lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
The optimum is based on the UGB's Healthy-Eating-Index (HEI-UGB). This index differs from other scoring systems as it calculates the optimal intake amounts from the different food groups instead of being based on single nutrients.
A health assessment is established based on the difference from the optimal amounts. A smiley indicates whether the user's food intake was well during the week or if there is a need for improvement.
Every food group is accompanied by info material and notes about its climate impact, as well as diet specific information. Food that should be avoided, due to negative effects on blood fat levels, are marked red.
"FoodNavi - cardio" has been developed for iOS in cooperation with nutritionists and dieticians, as well as with competent institutions.