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Alexa Skill of the Week: Nutritional Facts

Each week, we take a look at new and important Alexa skills you might want to consider enabling for your Alexa device. Amazon continues to improve Alexa with its own updates, but skills are software components that allow Alexa users to extend functionality across all Alexa-enabled devices in use for very specific functions.

Alexa is available for Amazon devices Echo, Dot, Tap, Echo Show, Echo Look, Dash Wand, Fire tablets, and Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Edition TVs, but also on iOS, Android, and the web with Reverb.ai.

This week’s skill: Nutritional Facts

Description: Ask for nutritional facts from over 25,000 food items. You will get weight, calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, sugar, fiber, protein, and potassium. Powered by Nutritionix.

Real world use: As a fitness freak, I personally use MyFitnessPal to record all my meals. As a vegan, it’s important to monitor nutrition intake to ensure I’m at my peak maximum. But, there are times when it would just be easier to just get a general idea about what I’m about to put in my mouth instead of pulling my phone out to check. And, really, for most MyFitnessPal is used to log foods after they’ve been eaten instead of researching what to eat prior to actually eating it.

And, this isn’t just for fitness freaks. If you’re trying to change your eating lifestyle or your doctor is forcing you to based on your last check-up, before you shove that donut in your face, Alexa can motivate you to choose an alternate snack with this skill.

The skill doesn’t provide specific foods, but general foods. You can get information about a taco, but not a Fresco Chicken Soft Taco from Taco Bell. But, even the generalization can provide enough incentive to alter your lunch choices.

Where to get it: You can locate the Nutritional Facts Skill in the Amazon Alexa app, enable it using your voice, or use the following web link: Nutritional Facts

 


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