AppRx: Top 10 Healthy Eating iOS Apps

organic fruitEvery week, we bring you AppRx—high-quality health, fitness and wellness apps reviewed and recommended by HealthTap’s network of 63,000 top doctors.

In this week’s edition, we bring you the highest-rated Healthy Eating Apps for your iPhone or iPad from our HealthTap directory. This week’s list is filled with apps to help you track your sodium intake, navigate the grocery aisles for healthy alternatives and nutrition tips. Got something to add to the list? Let us know in the comments section.

1. Fooducate – Diet Tracker & Healthy Food Nutrition Scanner

AppRx: FooducateDescription:  Don’t Diet – Eat Healthy with Fooducate! Scan and choose healthy groceries. Over 200,000 unique UPCs! Do you want your family to eat better, healthier food?  Are you confused by ingredient lists, nutrition labels, health claims, and marketing hype? Are you interested in weight loss without a diet full of artificial crap? Download FOODUCATE and hurry to the supermarket. Instead of dieting, eat real food!

Recommended By: 121 Doctors

Price: FREE

2. Food Labels With Nutritional FactsAppRx: Food Label with Nutritional Facts

Description: Can’t stay away from McDonald’s or Burger King? Need to find healthy alternatives at the grocery store? Then this app is for you. Search a database of 7,000+ Foods and review nutritional facts, from total fat, cholesterol and sodium levels, to vitamins and minerals

Recommended By: 106 Doctors

Price: FREE

 3. Nutrition Tips

AppRx: Nutrition TipsDescription: Find a wealth of useful & practical nutritional tips and information to help you and your family have a safe and healthy diet. This amazing FREE app gives you hundreds of interesting and useful nutrition tips, diet & weight loss tips, and nutritional health facts! Find a wealth of useful & practical nutritional tips and information to help you and your family have a safe and healthy diet.

Recommended By: 84 Doctors

Price: FREE

4. Eat This, Not That! Restaurants

AppRx: Eat This, And Not ThatDescription: Join the food revolution! Based on the best selling book series, the Eat This, Not That! Restaurant app is the complete no-diet weight-loss solution. Discover thousands of simple food swaps, track calories, and create a personalized weight loss plan. Now you can eat smart, eat healthy, and eat well and still lose all the weight you want.

Recommended By: 64 Doctors

Price: $4.99

5. Find Me Gluten Free

AppRx: Find Me Gluten FreeDescription: Find Me Gluten Free helps you eat gluten-free. View local business ratings and reviews, gluten-free menus, get directions, and call them right from the app. Also, easily view gluten-free menus and allergen lists of chains and fast food restaurants. Find gluten-free pizza, bakeries, fast food, local businesses, and more!

Recommended By: 38 Doctors

Price: FREE


6. Restaurant Calorie Counter

AppRx: Restaurant Calorie CounterDescription: Restaurant Calorie Counter enables you to find and track restaurant food items and exercises. With this app, you can control your intake of calories and nutrients with recommended upper limits. With over 15,000 food items from over 100 top restaurant chains, and a handy restaurant index in alphabetical order. It does not require internet connection.

Recommended By: 37 Doctors

Price: $0.99

7. EZ Sodium Tracker

AppRx: EZ Sodium TrackerDescription: EZ Sodium Tracker makes tracking your daily sodium easy! Simply tap to add sodium as you consume your meals. Not sure how much sodium is in a food or drink? Use our lookup tool and search our database of over 17,000 food items! Then browse our motivating charts to learn key information about your daily sodium intake!

Recommended By: 35 Doctors

Price: $2.99

8. Nutrition90

AppRx: Nutrition90Description: A complete companion app for all your 90-day extreme fitness program’s nutrition logging needs. Keep track of your nutritional intake with the handy color-coded checklist, laid out according to your chosen workout phase and nutrition level. Includes water intake! Keep notes about your nutrition and workouts each day. Review and edit any data for any day; fill in missed days and get caught up if you’ve already started the program. You can even email yourself a complete log of your activity at any time!

Recommended By: 30 Doctors

Price: $1.99

9. Food Additives 2

AppRx: Food Additives 2Description: Food additives may have revolutionized the mass production of the food that we consume, but at what cost to your health? Fully searchable, this application lets you quickly & easily access the general information of 450+ food additives (self contained database, so no internet connection needed!). Avoid those additives that are potentially dangerous or unsafe to your health & see which ones are considered safe. This application is perfect for those at risk, the health conscious, parents, vegetarians, vegans and/or people on religious based diets.

Recommended By: 30 Doctors

Price: $3.99

10. Chemical Maze – Complete Edition

AppRx: Chemical Maze - Complete EditionDescription: Chemical Maze – Complete Edition is The ultimate shopping guide to decode the Food Additives and Cosmetic Ingredients Maze. Whats in your Food? Whats in your Cosmetics? Are you at risk? This is your ultimate shopping guide to get you through the Chemical Maze. This App includes a full and updated listing of Food Additives and Cosmetic Ingredients based on the international best selling research & author Bill Statham. Over 10 years of research and not just information pulled from public websites.

Recommended By: 29 Doctors

Price: $6.99

Top 6 Health Concerns Men Should Watch Out For

Mens HealthSeptember is Prostate Awareness Month! Prostate Cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 7 men. It’s also 100% treatable if detected early, underscoring the need for men to get regular health check-ups.

Men are notorious for ignoring routine doctor visits, early symptoms of disease and their health risks. But ignorance is not always bliss. In fact, studies have shown that women are healthier and live longer because they take a proactive role in knowing about and managing their health.

The good news is that many of men’s biggest health risks can be reduced by better understanding family health history and making healthier lifestyle choices.

Here are the top 6 health concerns that men should watch out for.

1. Heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and more common in men than women. First degree relatives (siblings, parents and children) of a person with heart disease have an estimated two to three times risk of developing the condition. This risk can be even greater if there are multiple affected family members or if heart disease was diagnosed at young ages (before age 65 for a woman or before age 55 for a man). Read More

Father playing with baby2. Diabetes (type 2)

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. An individual with a family history of type 2 diabetes is two to four times more likely to develop the disease. Brothers, sisters and children of an affected person have an estimated 8% to 14% risk, and some researchers believe that a child of an affected mother who was diagnosed before 50 can have an even greater risk. Read More

3. Stroke

A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain stops or is greatly reduced. Family members of a person with a stroke, especially close relatives, can have a greater risk of developing the condition than someone without a family history. Read More

4. Alzheimer’s Disease

Late-onset Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that affects people over age 55. Family history is an important risk factor. Brothers and sisters of an affected person have an estimated 2% risk, while this risk jumps to 4% if there is also an affected parent. In general, the higher the number of affected relatives, the higher the risk. Read More

Man shopping in produce section5. Lung Disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of chronic lung conditions including bronchitis and emphysema. While cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for COPD, genetic factors may also play an important role in the development of the disease. Read More

6. Cancer

After lung cancer, which is primarily caused by smoking, prostate cancer and colorectal cancer are the leading cancers in men. Both of these cancers can be caused by inherited cancer predispositions in some families. The additional presence of breast, ovarian, pancreatic and/or uterine cancer may increase the chance of there being an inherited cancer predisposition in the family.

What you can do:

Men: Your family health history is vital to managing your health. Use online resources like Inherited Health to:

  1. Collecting your family health history
  2. Learn about your hereditary disease risks
  3. Share this information with your doctor who can help you create an action plan for better health.

Women: Start potentially life-saving conversations with your husband, father, uncles, brothers and sons about family health history and invite them to help you build a family health history network at Inherited Health.

(Blog post courtesy of Jordanna Joaquina, MS, CGC, Director of Genetics and Co-Founder of Inherited Health.)

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Healthy Eating: Mandarin Almond Chicken Recipe

Marianne BloudoffWe’re thrilled to kick off our Healthy Eating series featuring our HealthTap Influencers. Every week, we’ll be featuring a different delicious, healthy, and easy-to-follow recipe from one our community of Diet and Nutrition Experts.

This week’s recipe is courtesy of Marianne Bloudoff, a registered dietitian, foodie, and blogger living in British Columbia, Canada. She works with families to make healthy lifestyle changes. She is also a HealthTap Founding Influencer and blogs at French Fries to Flax Seeds.

Sweet, sour, crunchy, and delicious! This family pleasing stir fry uses ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen to create a bright, fresh, and healthy dinner in a snap. Pair it with brown rice or quinoa for a satisfying meal. Serves 4.


  • Mandarin Almond Chicken Recipe3/4 cup blanched whole almonds
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (or other oil with high smoke point)
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 3 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 4 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 1 can mandarin oranges packed in juice, drained and juice reserved
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tsp chicken or vegetable bouillon
  • 1 – 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • sesame seeds, for garnish


  1. Heat a wok or large skillet over medium heat. Add the almonds, and toast until golden brown. Remove from pan. Turn heat up to medium high.
  2. Add oil to wok, and then add onion and garlic. Stir fry for 1 – 2 minute, then add chicken. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add carrots and celery to wok, and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, until chicken is cooked and vegetables are cooked but crisp. Add the almonds back to the pan. Turn heat down to medium low.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together reserved mandarin orange juice, soy sauce, vinegar, corn starch, bouillon, sugar, and sesame oil. Add to wok, and cook until thickened.
  5. To serve, top with mandarin orange slices, and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Note: Don’t add the mandarin oranges until serving, otherwise they tend to fall apart in the stir fry.


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Wellness Series: The Importance of Sleep

sleep_betterSummer has come to a close! It’s time to go back to school and work with a newly invigorated intensity and drive. The easygoing summer vibe is quickly replaced by the motivation to start the fall work season off with a bang. You know that in busy times, sleep can easily fall by the wayside and forgone for more hours dedicated to success.

In this week’s Wellness Series post, we want to remind you of the importance of sleep. Take a moment to consider what our Medical Experts have to say about sleep, and do your best to get enough shuteye to have a fun and productive fall.

What is the benefit of sleep?

Scientists have gone to great lengths to fully understand sleep’s benefits. In studies of humans and other animals, they have discovered that sleep plays a critical role in immune function, metabolism, memory, learning, and other vital functions.-Dr. Michael Fisher

Baby in white sleeping soundlyHow many hours of sleep should I be getting?

[It] varies. Some need at least 6-8 hrs of sleep each night. Others may get by with only 4-5 hrs and others may require more than 9 hrs. You may try to experiment with different time periods to see what your body needs. Sleep may be interrupted by episodes of apnea (breathing stops for a few moments), this would make you feel tired, no matter how long you sleep.-Dr. Neeoo Chin

Will my health get better if I get more sleep?

Most probably. I call sleep a medicine. Lack of sleep affects every aspect of your health. If you get enough sleep your bodily functions can work properly, your immunity to fight infection improves and overall health improves.Put simply, you feel better! – Dr. Marsha Davis

Maybe. Human growth hormone (hgh) is particularly released during delta phase of sleep, the deepest sleep level. In an adult, hgh is involved in many pathways involved in maximum tissue and organ performance and minimizes age related breakdown. Remember, it is not necessarily total sleep time but more so the quality and level of delta sleep levels that may be at play. – Dr. Sal Aragona

How can I sleep well?

Be consistent. Here are some tips-

  1. Turn off TV/Computer one hour before wanting to sleep.
  2. Quiet music is OK.
  3. No caffeine for 8 hours prior to going to sleep.
  4. REGULAR EXERCISE (even in the evening- some people sleep better when they exercise later).
  5. Eat a smaller dinner.
  6. Go to bed at the same time, every night.
  7. Read quietly.

You may need a sleeping pill, if so, see your doc. -Dr. James Cunnar

What is the best way to sleep?

[A] comfortable one. People sleep in many positions, back, abdomen, and side. With proper support of the neck, legs, and back most any position is best. Some would prefer you not sleep on the abdomen due to the greater rotation of the cervical spine. Pillows are very important. Those that support the neck, lower back, between the legs help maintain normal curvature and posture. Sleep on it and find out [what’s] best for you.-Dr. Danny Proffitt

Clearly sleep is extremely important if you wish to perform at the best of your abilities. HealthTap’s Medical Expert Network agrees that sleep should be high on your priority list, even when work gets busy. If you have more questions or concerns about sleep and your sleep habits, please check out the sleep topic on HealthTap today. And remember to get a good night’s sleep tonight; you will surprise yourself how well you will feel tomorrow.

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AppRx: Top 10 Sleep Tracker Apps

sleepEvery week, we bring you AppRx—high-quality health, fitness and wellness apps reviewed and recommended by HealthTap’s network of 63,000 top doctors.

In this week’s edition, we take a look at 10 Sleep Tracker Apps. From apps that analyze your sleep and alarms that wake you in the lightest sleep phase, to apps that provide soothing sounds and music to help you drift off, HealthTap is here with the apps you need to get a good night’s rest!

AppRx | White Noise Lite | HealthTap1. White Noise Lite

Description: Find out why the world is sleeping better with White Noise Lite for FREE. Features ambient sounds of the environment to help you relax during the day and sleep great at night.White Noise generates sounds over a wide range of frequencies, masking those noise interruptions, so you can not only fall asleep, but stay asleep. Use the provided sounds or create new soundscapes by mixing multiple noises together like a DJ, with support for adjusting volume, balance, and pitch of each individual sound in the mix. Learn More.

Recommended By: 179 Doctors

Available On: Android and iOS – FREE

AppRx | White Noise | HealthTap2. White Noise

Description: Recommended by Dr. Oz as a miracle for better sleep! Find out why the world is sleeping better with White Noise. Features ambient sounds of the environment to help you relax during the day and sleep great at night. Helps you sleep by blocking distractions, relaxes and reduces stress, pacifies fussy and crying babies, increases focus while enhancing privacy, soothes headaches and migraines, masks tinnitus (ringing of the ears). Learn More.

Recommended By: 106 Doctors

Available On: Android and iOS – $1.99

AppRx | Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock | HealthTap3. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

Description: An intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed. Sleep Cycle monitors your movement during sleep using the extremely sensitive accelerometer in your iPhone. Sleep Cycle then finds the optimal time to wake you up during a 30 minute window that ends at your set alarm time. Learn More.

Recommended By: 70 Doctors

Available On: iOS – $0.99

AppRx | Sleepmaker Rain Pro | HealthTap4. Sleepmaker Rain Pro

Description: Pure, natural rain sounds made with real rain recordings, not rain effects. All perfectly looped by a motion picture Sound Engineer, and recorded in Digital Uncompressed Formats. Recorded live from the pristine wilderness of World Heritage Listed Forests. Sleepmaker Rain Pro is also perfectly safe to help young children and infants fall asleep. Learn More.

Recommended By: 55 Doctors

Available On: Both iOS – $0.99 and Android – $1.06

AppRx | Ambiance | HealthTap5. Ambiance

Description: Ambiance is an environment enhancer designed to help you create the perfect ambient atmosphere to focus, relax or reminisce. You can choose from over 2500 free sounds, exclusive to Ambiance, to download and listen to, create customized sound mixes, cycle through playlists, wake up to relaxing sounds and more! Create your own Ambiance today! Learn More.

Recommended By: 42 Doctors

Available On: iOS – $2.99

AppRx | River Sounds | HealthTap6. River Sounds

Description: Try the River Sounds application for relaxation and meditation. You will fall asleep faster, sleep better, and get rid of insomnia. Nature sounds in your smartphone. Best relaxation and sleep machine. Combines between various sounds of nature to relax and unwind, includes sounds of water, rain, waves, birds, frogs and crickets, timer with countdown stops sounds to completion. Learn More.

Recommended By: 37 Doctors

Available On: iOS – FREE

AppRx | Nature Sounds | HealthTap7. Nature Sounds

Description: Want to relax for 10 minutes during the day at home or in office? Want to improve brain work? Or increase your concentration? Choose from a list of 6 different relaxing nature sounds, including sounds of thunder, the ocean, the sea, birds, rain, nighttime in the jungle, water, and waterfalls, and start your personal audio therapy. Learn More.

Recommended By: 31 Doctors

Available On: Android – FREE

AppRx | Quit Snoring | HealthTap8. Quit Snoring

Description: Quit Snoring uses an essential new approach to overcome snoring episodes. While you’re sleeping, Quit Snoring remains alert, even when your device goes into sleep mode. It monitors your sleep session, listens carefully, and when you snore, it will produce gentle nudge by that ceases snoring for most people.
A nudge is a vibration or a sound that you select in advance, or both. You can even record your own sounds to use as nudges. Learn More.

Recommended By: 27 Doctors

Available On: iOS – $3.99

AppRx | Smart Alarm Clock HD | HealthTap9. Smart Alarm Clock HD

Description: Smart Alarm Clock HD monitors your sleep phases, determining exactly when your body is most ready to wake up. Smart Alarm Clock HD records all the sounds you make during the night, so you can find out if you snore, and listens to other nightly disturbances that might keep you from your hard-earned rest. Learn More.

Recommended By: 27 Doctors

Available On: iOS – FREE

AppRx | Stress Free Alarm Clock | HealthTap10. Stress Free Alarm Clock

Description: The easy to use “Weight Loss Alarm Clock” is a international patented science based sleep cycle alarm clock that will reliably and gently wake you in your light sleep phase. The Weight Loss Alarm Clock works reliably and properly without any sensors. It will transform your sleep smoothly from the deep sleep phase or dream phase (REM sleep) into the light sleep phase without you even noticing. A mere few days of use will give you your very own individual wake-up procedure. Learn More.

Recommended By: 25 Doctors

Available On: iOS – $2.99

For more Sleep apps, visit HealthTap today!  And stay tuned for next week’s edition, Top 10 Healthy Eating iOS Apps!