Hyderabad: For the first time in the country, nutritionists from Hyderabad-based National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), in association with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), have released a mobile application ‘Nutrify India Now’, which can be used as a personal dietician replete with India-specific data of nutritive value of all kinds of foods.
The unique feature of the app is that it can provide nutritional information about foods in 17 different Indian languages, making it useful pan-India. Interestingly, unlike other nutrition-based apps, ‘Nutrify India Now’ will give users access to specific Indian nutritive guidelines, authentic and well-researched India-specific databases, Indian foods and recipes and their nutritional information prescribed by the ICMR.
The app will enable users to plan their nutritional requirements, find nutrients in food, chart their own diet, search food based on their nutrients and names of different foods in native Indian languages.
“This is our attempt to reach out to the public and provide authentic information. It’s a way to make people use important data generated by NIN. It will be like a personal nutritional adviser to users,” says Director, ICMR-NIN, Dr R Hemalatha.
The mobile application, which was released by Dr Balram Bhargava, Secretary, DG, ICMR, in New Delhi on Friday, is a result of a year-long painstaking exercise.
“NIN formed a committee to oversee development of the app. We also held a consultative workshop with stakeholders, including housewives, general public, top nutritionists and doctors to get an idea about the relevant information the app should have,” said Dr G M Subba Rao, senior scientist, NIN.
The NIN scientist said that ‘Nutrify India Now’ will help users keep track of their energy balance ie, consumed and expended, and store their nutritional intake for a week.
To make the app highly personalised, users can access their nutrient requirements by entering their Body Mass Index (BMI), Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and even Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) by inputting their age, gender, height, weight and even physical activity levels. The app is available for both Android and iOS.