If you are ready to start that long postponed diet program, and are serious about the nutritional values (or lack thereof) of what you consume, then the EatSmart digital nutrition scale is the way to go. This thorough review of the EatSmart scale will take you through what the scale can do under real-world conditions.
At a compact 9″ x 7″ and under 2″ high, this user-friendly scale delivers more than you would expect at first glance. It comes with a database of 999 of the most common foods and has the ability to calculate nutrients from thousands of packaged foods. The LCD display is divided into 8 sections, which affords you a lot of information at one glance. Although the nutrient values were easily readable, the one minor drawback was the very small size of the units (e.g. mg).
Being someone that doesn’t relish reading through large manuals and extensive instructions, I was more than pleased to see that the instruction manual contained only four pages of operating instructions, including the introduction and description of the function keys. The rest of the 25 page manual was devoted to the food codes. I was actually using the scale in less than ten minutes (did you know that a banana weighing 6.3oz – 180g – provides about 30% more calories than a 8.5oz – 236g apple, but more than twice the amount of potassium?). I was able to analyze a plate of rice, split peas and baked salmon together with a simple salad within another ten minutes.
I was especially impressed by the machine’s versatility. It analyzes your food and tells you its breakdown, simply upon entering the code for the particular food. You can also add and subtract, mix and match food portions to customize your meal to meet your particular dietary choice. It measures 12 nutrient values (Calories, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Total Fats, Saturated Fats, Cholesterol, Calcium, Protein) for each food, and displays them 3 at a time at the press of one of the function keys. And you can switch between ounces and grams at any time at the touch of a g/oz button.
Trust me, it can take some of the blah and drudgery out of dieting. At around $70 (you can snag it at Amazon.com), this is a worthwhile investment for anyone that is serious about watching what they eat.
- Complete Nutrition Management System – calculate nutrients from thousands of packaged and 999 unpackaged foods
- Measures – Calories, Carbohydrates, Fiber, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Total Fats, Saturated Fats, Cholesterol, Calcium, Protein, and more
- EatSmart Nutrition Booklet – 44 page guidebook on maintaining a healthy lifestyle
- Goal Oriented – ability to seamlessly add or subtract food on the scale to reach a desired nutritional goal
- Memory Mode – save up to 99 entries
- Tare Feature – subtracts the container’s weight to obtain the weight of only its contents
- Style – light and portable for easy storage and transport
- Removable Tempered Glass – for easy clean-up
- Auto Shut-off Feature – ensures long battery life
- High Quality Construction – sleek and ergonomic design
- Includes – four AAA batteries