Google wants you to make ‘smart choices’ when it comes to food

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Fruits and Veggies

Hey, how many calories are there in that cup of popcorn? Google will tell you: “It’s 31 calories per cup.”

Google today announced the addition of nutrition information for more than 1,000 fruits, vegetables, meats, and meals to its search results.

The nutrition information will also be available through voice search on both web and mobile.

“From the basics of potatoes and carrots to more complex dishes like burritos and chow mein, you can simply ask, ‘How much protein is in a banana?’ or ‘How many calories are in an avocado?’ and get your answer right away,” blogged Ilya Mezheritsky, product manager at Google.

The feature launched today in English, and is expected to roll out in United States over the next 10 days.

It is powered by Google’s Knowledge Graph, which pulls together all the related information – even different names at times – from across the web.

“For example, when you ask for ‘summer squash carbs’, we include ‘zucchini’ as a relevant food in the dropdown, because it is a type of summer squash,” read Google’s Search blog.

The search giant plans to add more features, foods, and languages, over time.

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