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Tuesday, January 6, 2009
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!
Posted by Lyn at 1:44 PM