iOS iFiber App Update: Now With Extremely Powerful Search Facility

[] Revere, Massachusetts – Independent iOS Developer, James Hollender has updated his iFiber app, which aids in determining the amount of fiber in foods. This is just one of ten apps updated to version 7.0 in the suite of iNutrient apps: iCarbs, iCholesterol, iFiber, iKals, iPotassium, iProteins, iSatFat, iSodium, iSugars and Vitamin K. Version 6.0 made the app capable of using the entire screen even of newer iPhones with the notch. Now version 7.0 brings back the Search feature, but one that’s much more powerful.

Version 6.0 made the app capable of using the entire screen even of newer iPhones with the “notch”. Now version 7.0 brings back the Search feature, but one that’s much more powerful. These apps include data from the USDA National Nutrient Database covering the following nutrients: Calories, Carbohydrates, Cholesterol, Fiber, Potassium, Proteins, Saturated Fat, Sodium, Sugars and Vitamin K. All ten apps are universal apps that can be used on the iPhone, iPad or iPod touch devices. The apps include information on how they can be upgraded to app bundles for additional significant savings, i.e., the cost of any apps previously purchased included in bundle is deducted from the cost of the app bundle.

The big new feature in version 7.0 of iCholesterol is a search capability that allows for both simple and complex searches. There are two fields that can accommodate either words or phrases. Using only the first provides a simple search that looks for the supplied value in the title, description and USDA ID fields. If a second word or phrase is supplied, then the user has the choice of three operands for how the fields are evaluated: “AND”, “OR” and “But Not”. As the user enter or changes their values, an instantaneous display is given of how many records will be found. Pressing the “Results” button then displays the full list of matches found.

In the “Access My Records” section, each food serving for the day is listed in it’s own section and the total daily amount of the nutrient is included in the day’s heading. This makes comparing nutrient intake for each day an easy task.

Users can record their intake for any food. The information is maintained for one year and is presented in reverse chronological order, grouped by date, so the latest data is presented first in the list. Editing allows for: 1) changing the number of servings; 2) changing the date; and 3) deleting records. Individual Intake Items can be copied to the current day, and all Intake Items for a single day can be copied to the current day.

How can fiber help you lose weight?

Fiber is the part of plant-based foods that our bodies can’t digest. It passes through our digestive tract without providing nutrition or calories, and yet it is very healthy for us.

Populations that eat greater amounts of fiber-rich foods are generally healthier. While all of the reasons for this are not known, it may be because the fiber-rich foods themselves are healthier. Perhaps fiber’s greatest value, however, is in helping to keep us slim.

Fiber makes us feel full sooner and stays in our stomach longer than other substances we eat, slowing down our rate of digestion and keeping us feeling full longer. Due to its greater fiber content, a single serving of whole grain bread can be more filling than two servings of white bread. Fiber also moves fat through our digestive system faster so that less of it is absorbed.

Meat and dairy products contain no fiber, and refined grains have had most of their fiber removed. To increase your intake of fiber, eat more whole and natural foods, and fewer processed foods. Some good examples of fiber-rich foods include:

* Whole grains (barley, oats, wheat)
* Brown rice
* Legumes (dry beans, lentils and peas)
* Other vegetables
* Fruits

Products labeled “whole grain” are made with the complete grain kernel, whether the grain remains intact as in oatmeal or it is ground to make bread, pasta or cereal. Cracked wheat is also made from the complete kernel, but don’t be mislead by wording like “100% wheat” or “multi-grain.” Don’t be misled by color, either. Most wheat bread is almost identical to white bread except that caramel coloring has been added to make it look more natural.

Adding more fiber to your diet will likely help you lose weight and improve your health, but do it gradually. Rapid increases in consumption of fiber may result in gas or diarrhea.

The iFiber app provides information about foods and how they are rated for Fiber content. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. The foods servings are rated from EXTREMELY LOW in Fiber all the way up to EXTREMELY HIGH. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black – Rated EXTREMELY HIGH in Fiber (> 10.1 g)
* Dark Red – Rated VERY HIGH in Fiber (8.0 – 10.0 g)
* Red – Rated HIGH in Fiber (6.1 – 8.0 g)
* Orange – Rated MODERATELY HIGH in Fiber (4.1 – 6.0 g)
* Yellow – Rated MODERATE in Fiber (3.1 – 4.0 g)
* Light Green – Rated MODERATELY LOW in Fiber (2.1 – 3.0 g)
* Green – Rated LOW in Fiber (1.1 – 2.0 g)
* Cyan – Rated VERY LOW in Fiber (0.1 – 1.0 g)
* White – Rated EXTREMELY LOW in Fiber (0.0 g)

There are eight tables listing food servings:
* All Foods
* Fast Foods
* Fruits & Vegetables
* Meat, Fish & Shellfish
* Dairy & Egg
* Cereal Grains & Pasta
* Sweets
* Snacks

The All Foods list allows you to search by any word or partial word from all the Food Titles and USDA Descriptions. Selecting a food in any of the tables will display pertinent information about the selected food serving:

* Food Title
* Weight (in grams)
* Common Measure (serving size for weight)
* Fiber Content (in grams)
* Calories (in kcals)
* USDA Description
* USDA Food Group
* USDA Nutrient Database Number

Information is derived from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Fiber, total dietary Content of Selected Foods per Common Measure. There are currently over 1,100 different food servings included, searchable using more than 2,500 names (some foods are known by different names or how they are prepared, e.g., “Egg, Scrambled” and “Scrambled Egg”). A few these have as many as six searchable names.

The iFiber Info screen provides access to additional information pages:
* What is Fiber?
* Why Should I Eat Fiber?
* Highest Fiber Foods
* User Agreement
* How to Use this App
* About this App (includes allowance to 1) Report a Problem; 2) Ask a Questions; and 3) Make a Suggestion)

The iFiber app is one of 10 apps in the iNutrients collection. Others include:
* iCarbs – Carbohydrates – great for bodybuilders or diabetics
* iCholesterol – Dietary Cholesterol – for those wanting to watch their cholesterol intake
* iKals – Calories – for anyone watching their calories
* iPotassium – Potassium – helps with anxiety, stress, blood pressure, brain function, cramps and many other ailments
* iProteins – Proteins – great for bodybuilders, vegetarians or vegans needing to make sure they get enough protein in their diet
* iSatFat – Saturated Fats – for those who have been advised by their physician to limit their intake of saturated fat
* iSodium – Sodium – for those who want to cut down on their salt intake
* iSugars – Sugars – for those concerned with getting too much added sugar in their diet
* Vitamin K – Vitamins K1, K1D and K2 – For users of blood thinning medications like Coumadin or Warfarin

Users interested in multiple nutrients should be aware of the “iNutrients App”, which includes all ten of the above listed nutrients. Instead of the USDA partial selection of foods used in the individual iNutrient apps, the iNutrients app includes all foods and food servings in the entire USDA National Nutrient Database for those nutrients. It also includes the capability for altering the color scale for each nutrient if desired. And Custom Foods can be created for those not included in the USDA database. Even an entire meal’s nutrient information could be included in a single Custom Food definition to make entry even simpler. The iNutrients app is available for less than the cost of three individual iNutrient apps and is specially reduced during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 12.0 or later

Pricing and Availability:
The iFiber app is available in the iTunes App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The current price is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and can be found in the Health & Fitness category. Promo codes are available for qualified reviewers. Please specify the website, blog or organization you represent when making your request.iFiber 7.0
All iNutrient Apps Bundle (10 apps)
Most Popular iNutrient Apps Bundle (5 apps)
iNutrients App (Entire USDA National Nutrient Database for 10 nutrients)

Based in Revere, Massachusetts, Indie developer James Hollender is a well seasoned Information Technology professional who has been familiar with Apple products since the days of the first Macintosh computer and has been involved with object oriented programming since the introduction of Java, culminating most recently in writing apps in Objective C for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. His innovative ideas have resulted in numerous suggestion and other awards including a commendation from a former President of the United States. James Hollender has been involved writing iPhone and iPad apps with Foliage, Kronos, Olympus, Cross Country Automotive Services (now Agero), and Valmarc Corporation (now Vi3 Global). Copyright (C) 2010-2020 James Hollender. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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