Love tak­ing pic­tures of your food? You’ll love new app

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - JANE STEVEN­SON

Mangez? Mais oui!

A free French nu­tri­tion app called Food­vi­sor, which just launched in Canada, al­lows users to take a pic­ture of the food they’re about to eat and get a nu­tri­tional break­down -calo­ries, fats, etc. -- in just sec­onds, says co-founder Aurore Tran.

“It helps you eat bet­ter eas­ily,” said Tran down the line from Paris.

“It’s a food di­ary that does it by tak­ing a pic­ture. It’s based on a deep learn­ing al­go­rithm that we have trained with a lot of im­ages (of food).”

Food­vi­sor was launched in 2018 and has al­most 2 mil­lion users -- the majority in France and about 15% in the U.S.

“We did a mar­ket anal­y­sis and we re­al­ized that health apps were pop­u­lar in Canada and also we did some tests,” said Tran. “Usu­ally, when we think that a mar­ket is a good fit, we do some ads in this coun­try to see how the peo­ple are re­act­ing. And we had good feed­back from the users, they were re­ally lov­ing the app and also they were con­nect­ing to the pre­mium plan.”

For between $5-$10 more a month, there’s a pre­mium ver­sion of the app that al­lows users to con­nect with nu­tri­tion­ists, se­lect a tai­lor-made diet plan and re­ceive tips and recipes.

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