Google nutrition comparison tool

Which is healthier – spinach or broccoli? Just ask Google.

It’s now easier to compare the nutritional content of different foods and ingredients, with an update to Google’s nutrition tool that shows you the breakdown of calories, sugar, fat, protein and nutrients of chosen foods side by side.

All you need to do is search for two types of food preceded by the word ‘compare’ or with ‘vs’ between them. Wondering whether rice or quinoa has more carbohydrates? Simply type ‘compare rice and quinoa’, and you’ll see something like this:

This feature builds on the nutrition tool introduced last year, which added nutritional information to Google searches to provide quick, clear answers when you type something like ‘how much protein in tofu’ or ‘how many calories in an apple.’ Being able to quickly compare the nutritional pros and cons of two different foods makes planning meals and making healthy decisions that little bit simpler.

Most of the data comes from the US Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrient Database, so the results are largely reliable. However, some imperfections have been noted, and of course the nutritional content of packaged and prepared foods will vary between different brands, so it should be used as a guide rather than a definitive resource.

If you decide to use both ingredients, there’s an extra feature to the tool that might inspire some creativity in the kitchen. Below your nutrition table, Google suggests some recipes that include your two chosen foods – a search for ‘compare watermelon and raspberry’ comes up with some delicious-sounding ideas including a zesty raspberry and watermelon mojito, a watermelon, raspberry and mint salad and a watermelon cake with raspberry and hazelnut.

And if you were wondering what other people are searching for… Google announced that in 2013 the most-searched for calorie counts were:

1. Eggs
2. Banana
3. Beer
4. Oatmeal
5. Sugar
6. Sushi
7. Wine
8. Popcorn
9. Coffee
10. Avocado

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