Google brings nutritional information to search resultsBy Shawn Knight
Google just unveiled a new feature that will deliver nutritional information via search results. Relevant results for more than 1,000 different fruits, veggies, meats and other foods are now at your disposal so you can quickly find out how many calories, grams of fat or carbohydrates your next meal or snack contains.
For example, users can ask Google how much protein is in a banana, what nutrients are in breadfruit, how many carbs are in corn or how many calories are in an avocado and you'll get an answer right away. What's more, the service can even be used to compare the nutritional information of two similar types of items. A demonstration revealed that avocados from Florida have 10 more grams of fat than those from California.
Nutritional search results, which utilize Google's Knowledge Graph, will show up on a panel just above traditional linked results much like how Google's calculator functions. In a blog post on the matter, Google noted that Knowledge Graph brings together all kinds of information from across the web that wasn't easily accessible before.
There's little doubt that the new feature will get a workout (no pun intended) from health-conscious parents, nutritional experts and workout buffs alike.
The project, which is launching today and being rolled out over the next 10 days, is part of the search giant's effort to help people live healthier lives. Google plans to add more features, foods and languages over time as well.