App of the week
Joy Bauer Food Cures
Before the new food labelling laws were introduced in Hong Kong, you could wander the aisles and believe you could gain a svelte body and live forever if you only ate certain branded foods. Now health claims are banned unless backed up with proper nutritional labels, and perhaps more safely, shoppers are left to educate themselves.
Joy Bauer is a well-qualified nutritionist, the health editor on MSN's
Today show, and the author of cookbooks and diet books including
New York Times best-seller
Joy Bauer's Food Cures.
The first thing you get with the app is a tip of the day - today's tip is about the benefits of low-fat (1 per cent fat) milk. The app also comes with a list of food groups and their benefits. Under "Sweeteners" I learn that blackstrap molasses is a concentrated source of iron, calcium, magnesium and other minerals - but heavy on calories. I also learn that aspartame is often reported as a trigger for migraines.
This is not groundbreaking information so I checked under "Herbs and Spices", hoping for revelations of the healing qualities of, say, basil, or cumin; but instead I was told that many herbs possess antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that may help contribute to heart health, beautiful skin and hair. A bit disappointing for a best-selling author.
The health section covers seven conditions: arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, IBS, migraines, osteoporosis and type-2 diabetes. The information is more specific: under the section on migraines there are five essays including migraine basics, four nutrients for fighting migraines and nine common migraine triggers.
The app does lead you to the Joy Bauer Food Cures website, which is perhaps the intention all along. The website covers many more conditions, has a lot more information and is much more interactive, with quizzes and "prescriptions" for your condition.