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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The EatSmart Nutrition Scale


How would you like to win one of these fancy schmancy digital food scales?? Read on...

A couple of months ago I received an EatSmart Digital Nutrition Scale in the mail. The EatSmart company sent me this complimentary scale to try out so I could write an unbiased review for my readers. It's been really fun messing with this high-tech gadget, and thankfully it's really easy to use once you know which buttons to press.

I've used a kitchen scale before. It was a cheap plastic dial thing that cost about $5 at WalMart. I never used it much, because by the time I got a plate to balance on the itty bitty top of the scale, then manually dialed it back to zero for a tare, then tried to balance my food on the plate (usually tipping it over in the process), I was too annoyed to actually take the time to READ the scale, then go look up the calorie value for my food, get out a calculator, and figure out how many calories was in that amount of food. I went back to measuring cups, and basically eyeballing things like meat and cheese.

But this thing, wow. This scale is just a joy to use. It's big and flat and has a 6 pound weight capacity (so you could measure Fido on here if he is a teacup poodle and sits still long enough, although I don't think that would be very sanitary and makes me wonder WHY you would want to know how many calories are in your dog). It's digital. It has a database of 999 foods already programmed in... foods that don't usually have nutrition labels, like various cuts of meat, fruits, vegetables, nuts, dairy, and grains. You stick your food on the scale, enter the 3 digit code (from the accompanying booklet) for that food, and presto! The scale tells you how many calories are in the exact amount of food that you placed on the scale. And handily, it also tells you the food's content of 11 other values: carbs, fiber, sodium, potassium, magnesium, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, calcium, protein, and vitamin K. When you press the MODE button, you can examine the nutrition content of any other foods that have a Nutrition Facts label on them. Pour some cereal into a bowl on the scale, enter info from the label for serving size and whatever other nutrient you want examined, and the scale tells you the nutrient content of your bowl of cereal. Nice!

I have to say, this is the coolest kitchen scale I have ever tried. It has this memory feature that you can use to build a meal or a snack. You can put your dinner plate on the scale, then add your meat (press memory), your vegetable (press memory), your starch (press memory) and then at the end, the memory recall will tell you the nutritional value total of the meal on your plate. Really cool. When I talked to the company representative on the phone, he told me some people use this to build 100-calorie-packs for themselves with various different foods.

This scale is more than a scale. It's an educational tool to learn about what you're putting in your body. Every time you put a food on the scale, you not only get the weight and calories (without running to look up calories in a book, or using a calculator to figure out the total), but you also get all the other nutritional information. If you're watching your sodium, the scale will help you with that. Cholesterol? That too. Carb counting? Got it covered.

I don't want to sound like an infomercial, but I think this is a great tool for people who are trying to learn about nutrition or lose weight. This scale is a "professional" food scale that is used by the Center for Medical Weight Loss and their clients, as well as nutritionists and clients at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center. You can purchase this scale at amazon.com, where you can also read almost 100 very positive reviews.

If you need a good kitchen scale but don't have $69.95 to spend at the moment, the EatSmart company also makes a very simple, but accurate kitchen scale (the Precision Pro) for $19.95. All it does is weigh your food, though. No fancy tricks from this one.


Want to win a free EatSmart fancy schmancy Nutrition Scale?? Go to the EatSmart website and watch the 8-minute demonstration video. Then leave me a comment telling me what you think of the video or what you like/dislike about the scale. Winner will be chosen randomly and will receive a lovely free EatSmart Nutrition Scale in the mail. (USA residents only this time, sorry folks!) I'll announce the winner on January 15th. Good luck!

91 comments:

Cat_82 said...

My scale is a dumpy little thing that I bought for about $10 in the clearance section. It's ok, but it's not digital and is tough to weigh stuff like pasta because it's so small! I would LOOOOVVVEE this one...

Ron said...

That is a very cool scale, I like how you can calculate the nutrition of a whole meal, and I like the fact that you can enter the nutrition for a packaged item and get the exact information for as much of that product you put in you bowl or on your plate.

Gina said...

It looks like a great tool to help me with calorie calculation - I'd love to be in the running. Also, thanks for such a great site.

Tena said...

Wow!! I would love to have this scale! How simple it would be to calculate a meal - including your beverage!

I like the look of it, the simpleness of it, and the fact that it has packaged food info is over the top!!

R* said...

So after checking out the promo stuff, here's my .02:

I like the fact that it's low profile (less tipping over) sturdy (more accurate), provides a clear readout (less frustration) has easy-to-clean buttons (less disgusting over time) and looks pretty straightforward and easy to use.

It looks like a great tool for those needing more information than "eyeballing it" or less accurate scales could ever provide!

Ames said...

I have been thinking of replacing my el cheapo, $5 Target scale. I would love to have a digital one. I like the glass platform. I like that it is small. Not sure if I would use all the extras though.

Donna B said...

Wow!
What a scale. It is so rewarding to find something that can do more than just weigh food. If I am so lucky to win it, it would surely get tons of use. If not, off to by their less expensive model. Great job on the review!

Sherre said...

This is a cool scale! What I did NOT like about the video was the man doing the demo (he was BORING; they should hire YOU). But I loved the feature where you could add things to a plate and zero out (and/or put into the scale's memory) what was already on the plate to just get the info for the newly added item.

hatty said...

here's my shot at the scale:
Cons-lots of buttons and referring to a 'booklet'-hopefully they provide a replacement if you lose said booklet. While initially looks complicated, it is probably easier then running to the internet to plug into a calorie counting site.
Pros-nice size for a counter top and its ability to be used in real time.

Jtammy said...

Oooh, Love the way you can enter the nutritionals for a packaged item! What a great idea. I have the $6.92 scale from Wal-mart but it is difficult to use (only weighs in ounces and I frequently need grams instead) and I would LOVE to upgrade to this. Love your site!

runnin4fun said...

I presently do not have a scale, so winning this would be nice. It is attractive and would look nice in my kitchen not to mention all the cool things it does. I would definitely use it to make 100 calorie snacks. Love the roomy top too!

Herb of Grace said...

I really love that you can easily add up total nutritional value for the entire meal. One of my biggest obstacles for dieting is keeping track of every little thing I put in my mouth...

Ginger & Brent said...

I can't believe this scale! What an awesome tool. All things it can do are unreal, I kept waiting for someone to tell me it was going to cook the food, too :)
I sure would like to have this little addition in my kitchen.

farmwife said...

Wow, this thing is amazing! I'd sure love to add it to my kitchen!
I imagine there is some learning curve to it though - it looks like it would take a while to be really proficient with it.

♥ Dee ♥ said...

Okay, where is your secret camera??? You MUST have been watching me screwing with my stupid scale.

I like the motto at the end... keep it simple and be fully informed. Pretty awesome for a scale!

Please please PLEASE enter me in the contest? I never win anything, but that never stops me from trying, LOL!!!

Nartizt said...

What a great scale! I've been off the wagon for about a year, and gained back 25 lbs of my 55lb loss, so I really could use a nice tool like this to get me back in the groove. Please pick me....

♥ Dee ♥ said...

Damn... I just noticed it's only US people. Guess I'm REALLY not going to win.

Poo.

Lyn said...

Awww Dee... so sorry!! I always ask the companies if they will ship elsewhere, but for the freebies a lot of them just say USA :(

katie ann said...

I gotta say, the spokesman and his teleprompter are quite a snooze, but the scale is nifty enough to make up for that. I love how big and sleek it is, and the decent weight limit (as I would probably also use this as a postal scale). It also looks easy to clean, which is good because I would probably put food straight on the glass surface.

Lin said...

Hi Lyn!
What a great scale! What first impressed me was the pretty picture of it on your blog! Something tells me that the company supplied you with that professional picture!
I need a kitchen scale so badly. The one I have is tiny, so that in order to weigh anything, I have to just use a paper towel rather than a plate to hold the food or it topples over! Lol, definately an oldie and was probably in the $3 range!
Hoping to win.... Lin

alison said...

This seems like a great scale that would help me reach my nutritional goals.

john - from fat to fit said...

Very cool scale and I would love to win it, but I have to tell you, that's so much work! I know it would be best if I actually did that, but jeez... If I won I would give it a try though!

WiiFitMii said...

I own that $5 walmart scale that you mention in your review. My dear hubby keeps trying to throw the thing away. He says I never use it. I stand up for the poor cheap peice of plastic and tell him that I use it everyday (watch out for the lightning bolt for that lie) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pick me to adopt the new wonderful scale. I have a great home for it and it would help out with my weight loss endevor. Then I can throw the plastic cheapy one out and tell my hubby that I have no idea where it went too.

Ginney said...

Despite the boring lecture style demonstration in the video, I am impressed by the capability of the scale. It takes away the hassles from calorie counting and the accuracy can't be beat! It also seems like a fun toy, I think I might just put off eating a little while to play with it! Thanks for the review, I really enjoyed knowing about this product & especially how effective it was in helping you control your eating.

Beckett said...

This would be a great addition to my kitchen gadgets. My scale that I currently own is really a piece of junk. Having a great scale makes a big difference in my opinion.

Annie said...

I like the memory feature and how you can calculate a whole meal! I have a dinky little plastic scale that is probably going to break any day! Hope I win! Love your blog.

Shar said...

Wow. It even has the nutrients of the food. That thing is amazing. And you can do a whole meal! No more guess work. I can't believe how much it can do. I know you loved reviewing it. There is certainly no guess work while using it. I love the demo on the cereal. I always have trouble with that. I was using a measuring cup but if you weigh it you can see where the measuring cup was way off of the actual calorie count. I know, I'm going on & on. Just amazed at the new technology out there. :)

Laurens_Closet said...

Since I BUY the 100 calorie snacks, it'd be nice to be able to MAKE the 100 calorie snacks...

That being said~ I'd LOVE the new scale!

PICK ME!!! PICK ME!!!

XO~

Amy : )

moonduster said...

Oh my goodness! What a great scale! I hate having to calculate how many calories I am eating all of the time because stupid companies don't list the calories per serving only the calories per 100g or whatever! This scale would help so much with not having to do that anymore! I want one!

(I am currently living in the UK, but I am a US resident with a US mailing address.)

MizFit said...

Im in! (if that's ok)
my husband could SOSOSOSO benefit from this and me? Im getting a smidgetad tired of leading by example :)

maybe the scale would help.

xo xo,

Miz.

Lost Half of Me said...

Like others I have the cheapo scale that is often more trouble to get out and deal with than just forget. This gadget would be a huge benefit to me in maintaining my loss and to hubby in his quest to lose his last 30 pounds. I also think my girls, ages 13 and 11, could benefit by starting to realize visually how their food choices and amounts add up.

Brooks said...

I think the video was pretty informative....however the only thing I think is a downside is its size. It appears (just from what I saw in the video) to be kind of bulky to just keep on the counter. Just a thought....I'd love to be in the running! Great contest!

Lola said...

Ooooh, I would love this shiny new scale. Pick me!

carogonza said...

I love that it can tell you the calorie count.

pedslp said...

I love that it seems to be user-friendly, easy to read, and that you can calculate the nutrition for an entire meal!

Sarah SS said...

Wow that is a really neat tool. Its so amazing what they come up with. Awesome.

Alex said...

If that scale did WW Points it would be flying off in all directions. BUT....I have the little WW gizmo that you can enter the total calories, fat and fiber and get the total points for a meal!!! This would be a cool way to get my kids involved by letting them calculate whats on their plate! Put me in the drawing....great website by the way...I read I lurk, but rarely comment this was just to good to pass up!

Alex said...

If that scale did WW Points it would be flying off in all directions. BUT....I have the little WW gizmo that you can enter the total calories, fat and fiber and get the total points for a meal!!! This would be a cool way to get my kids involved by letting them calculate whats on their plate! Put me in the drawing....great website by the way...I read I lurk, but rarely comment this was just to good to pass up!

Holly said...

That scale is BEAUTIFUL. We're using a cheap little plastic one that I have to hide in the cabinet when not in use.I could proudly display this one. The digital readout and features are much nicer than my prehistoric scale :)

new*me said...

very cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please enter me ;)

Danielle said...

I can not believe all the things this scale can do. I've been looking around for a good scale, and although I don't have the money right now to buy one I'd love to have this one. I love that you can total up the nutrition facts for a whole meal (including a glass of wine) that's so cool!!!!

Boo Bear's Place said...

ohhh i'd love to have a scale like this to keep me more accountable to what I'm putting in my mouth. at this point in time I don't even have a scale but what I like about the scale is it calculating the food for you

Kristen said...

This scale looks fabulous! I'm seriously impressed with everything it can do! I'd love the chance to use it in my kitchen.

nicole from portland said...

I got my kitchen scale from ikea and it only measures in grams. and while its been useful to learn how many grams are in an ounce, 2 ounces ect, its annoying to have to convert almost everything. I love the 100 cal idea also! always wanted to make my own but never had the idea. and yes I agree the guy was boring

Tanja said...

I was really impressed how you can build a meal by adding it all together. Often I wonder how many calories are in my potato since in a lot of books its based on an average size.

Awesome! I'd love to have it in my kitchen.

Olivia said...

Wooohoooo!!! This thing is awesome! I don't have a food scale and have just recently started measuring and counting calories (which is causing a slight headache ;)) and this would be so helpful.
The video cracked me up a little. I think the host got some gesturing pointers from the local flight attendant school. :D

Angie said...

I love that it has so many pre-programmed foods and that you can calculate a whole meal. What a neat scale. I am using a scale that I used when shipping packages for a business I had and I'm about ready for a new one that is actually for weighing foods LOL

Thanks for the chance to enter.

macawcrazy2002ATyahooDOTcom

Kat said...

Wow, I would love a scale like this one in my kitchen. I love that it can weigh food and calculate the calories, because I'm a vegetarian and have to calorie count most of my foods (fruits, veggies, etc) with only rough estimations. Who the heck knows what a "medium" banana is?! This scale could help me pinpoint my calories exactly.

Caroline said...

Oooh, I would *love* to win that scale! I wish my kitchen was that clean, too! Yes, the guy looked like he was reading, and one *could* wish that the next incarnation of this scale could calculate points as well, but it's still better than the one I use now.

It does take some time to actually stop and weigh things (and I don't weigh everything) but it does help. My biggest issue with the scale I have now is that it has something like a 2-lb limitation. It gets a little difficult when weighing some recipe ingredients and such (dry beans for baked beans come to mind first!) And of course mine can't do nutrition calculations!

Anonymous said...

Brenda Kaye says...this scale looks amazing. It says a lot for the scale that I was glued to the information inspite of the poor and boring delivery. Anyway,this may top my Mother's Day presents wish list. :)

hondaray6 said...

What a cool tool! Very attractive and I like the wide area to sit things on. My tippy one ends up saving me calories because I usually spill half the food off trying to wiegh it! No wonder I'm always hungry!It looks easy to use, which is a plus! Thanks for the chance!

somebodys mother said...

I too think the video was a bit boring, but informative. What I like about it most is that it takes kitchen scales to the next level really helping me learn more about what I am eating. Would love to have one that is much more accurate and versaitle than the one I have now.

Lea said...

I love the whole-meal calculating feature. The footprint of the scale is large, which is good for weighing whole plates and large things, but kind of bad if you have little counter space.

Danielle said...

I have never used a scale in my weight loss attempts...I think I should try it. I usually rely on calculating calories myself...I think the scale is alot more accurate than I am!!

lost41in08 said...

I like it's flat presence on the counter, and wide clear surface for measuring. But I really like the part about the nutritional labels calculation mode, now THAT would be cool! And how it has so many food items programmed in with calories, sodium, carbs and all the info. I'm really trying to balance those numbers better these days. But in general, it would be an awesome improvement over my little scale.

Thanks for all the good work, Lyn. You're really helping us!

Kiki said...

I think most people using a food scale are those losing weight...they needed to have a better spokesperson. Other than that the product is WONDERFUL. My friend has one and has shown it to me. Over the past week of healthy living I've wondered "how many calories is this really, I wish I had Lisa's scale here to find out"

I'd LOVE a scale like that. If I'm not the lucky winner I might have to ask for it for my b-day (but hey, that's more than two months away!)

Lisa said...

I have a little scale that I use quite a bit. It is not digital so sometimes I am kind of guessing because the lines are so small and can be hard to read. This one being digital would certainly take the guess work out of weighing my food. Also I like the idea of using a serving plate. My scale has this little rectangular box like thing to put your food in. Then you can transport your food to your plate. This is alright but sometimes I forget to wash the scale after I eat and then when I am right in the middle of preparing a meal I have to wash it. Oh well the things we do to eat the right proportions.

Big Girl said...

Nice looking scale. I love that it can do all those nifty calculations on it and it looks so easy to use.

Can it cook my food for me too?

girlsmama said...

It looks like it could be a helpful product. I often find that what I think is a portion, is more like three.

Vickie said...

This scale is amazing how it calculates calories, carbs and fiber for each item. I can't get over the fact that it has so many programmed foods inside of it. I would love to be in the running for this scale. Good luck to everyone! Thanks for giving this awesome scale away!

Anonymous said...

Love the modern look and how specifically detailed it gets with your food

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Jeni said...

Very cool scale and accurate, I get annoyed with the one I have that seems to be inaccurate or just have to find how to balance it just right.

jenn.y said...

wow, awesome scale i love how you can manage your diet from soo many diet aspects, weather you're a calorie counter, fat counter..if you're concerned about sodium..being armed with that type of information helps curb how much i'll eat..

Kim said...

Wow this scale looks almost too good to be true!

I like that the memory function on it the best I think! It saves a lot of work in the long run :D

Teale said...

Wow, this scale looks amazing! I also had a ghetto version from Walmart, only mine wasn't even digital! It was a tiny little thing that had a measuring cup that came with it & balanced on top, then whatever you put in the cup made the little dial go down to the weight. It was so flimsy though and never gave me the same reading twice, that I just totally gave up.

What I love about this scale is the SIZE! How easy is that?! No balancing act! So many features of the scale are awesome! If I'm not a winner, I may have to fork over the bucks to get myself my very own!

Tina said...

oh scale you are gorgeous. Very few things get me as excited as new kitchen gadgets! I will treat you with love and use you every day.

Anonymous said...

I like the fact that you can add different foods to find out what the total cal. count is for something like a recipe.

Juice said...

I have the cheapo walmart scale too! I need this nice shiney new one. Pick me!

MorenaTejana said...

I like that it has codes for the foods, so the data are accurate! I also like how you can see more than just cals and fat! I also love the memory function!

I hope it isn't too late to win one!! I would love it!

Anonymous said...

love it! i am not great at judging sizes. ive been looking at cheaper scales, but the video really makes this one seem like top of the line. what awesome features!!! the nutrition calculations are a HUGE plus

Amie said...

How nice is that! I love that it can be so precise....I wouldn't have to decide if I was eating a small, medium, or large apple, banana, etc...
They need to eek some like into the man doing the video, though! :)

mindy said...

fabulous scale thanks for the contest

julie said...

I love that it is easy to add up total nutritional value for an entire meal.

Tammy said...

I didn't really think it would be that big, but it sure can do a lot!

Ria said...

I like that it is big enough to fit a larger plate, and that it is pre-loaded with nutritional information for common foods!

aworkingmomsjoy said...

I would love to have this scale! I like that you can easily add up total nutritional value for the entire meal. It's a great recipe builder.

liane66 said...

I like how you can calculate the nutrional value of the whole meal.
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Sherri said...

What a great scale! I love that it looks to be so simple and easy and preloaded is just another plus.

Sherri

Lancesmama(at)aol(dot)com

DEY said...

I would love to win this. I've lost 15 lbs and need all the help I can get to continue on this weight loss journey! Thanks for the giveaway!

Vivian Deliz said...

It is a great scale and I am measuring everything that I consume as I am trying to do portion control to lose weight.

I like the way it calculates the nutrition of a whole meal. I also like that you can enter the nutrition for a packaged item and get the exact information the portion you use.

Gunny said...

Great scale. Demo guy is boring. Seems a bit complicated, but, like others have said, it is probably just a matter of getting used to it and remembering the cods of the items you use alot. Thanks for the review and the opportunity to win one!

Francine said...

I like the calorie calculation on the scale. Thanks for the giveaway.

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The Duchess of Wessex said...

The BEST feature about this scale is that you can calculate everything for an ENTIRE meal, not just the weight or calories, etc., in just one food. This is FANTASTIC! Thank you for offering this scale as a Give-away!

I have the $5 Walmart scale and thought I had it all figured out! Once again, I was SO wrong!

Take care of yourself... I've avoided your Blog for a few weeks because I've been off plan, (throwing a pity party of my own!) but I've pulled up my panties and I'm back with you today!

Love and support coming your way!

Kaitlin said...

The scale looks fantastic! I especially love the ability to build up whole meals.

silverhartgirl said...

I love this. I like the clear readout

Cheryl said...

I love the idea of being able to get the nutritional data of the food I am weighing insead of just the weight. It is really cool that you can add the nutritional data from labels also!

I hope that you can get the codes from the book online. I lose paper!

momyshaver said...

Wow, who knew scales could get so fancy?? LOL.. I like all the features but it would probably take some adjusting to learn all the ins and outs to fully use it (but groovy!)

Blackcats said...

I, too, have a crappy plastic scale, but mine is from Kmart. I think I paid maybe $4.00 for it on sale. It is totally useless! I have finally convinced my husband that I need a new scale (and not a cheapo one) and have been researching the EatSmart. It's on my wishlist on Amazon. I am watching my portion sizes now because I have been eating MEGA portions of food, gained weight and need to educate myself on what portions are and what they weigh. This scale seems like it would be a huge help in attaining that goal. The video is very informative!

Start of a new Lifestyle said...

I have that horrible cheap plastic scale from Walmart and I never use it because it is so frustrating! I love this scale because it has a memory and it tells you all the nutritional value of the food you are eating. No guessing involved and no more fooling myself that what I am eating is healthier than it really is.

Blackcats said...

I just found the food guide codes in a PDF format from EatSmart, in case someone needs it.

www.eatsmartproducts.com/
EatSmart_FoodCodes.pdf

Very inspiring blog, Lyn!!!

aajacques said...

I love the idea it's a digital scale and that it shows the nutritional value of the food.


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