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Kitrics Digital Nutrition Scale (Silver)
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- Computes calories, calories from fat, carbohydrates, protein, fat, saturated fat, fiber, sugars, cholesterol, and sodium
- Includes information for 1999 foods; user can easily create and store up to 99 customizable food code entries
- Weighs in grams or ounces with accuracy of +/- 1 gram; weighs up to 72 ounces (2000 grams)
- Calculate your daily nutritional intake to help you achieve your health goals
- Runs on two AA batteries (included); auto power off feature saves battery power
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If you're watching your nutrition closely, this scale and nutritional calculator can help. Simply enter a food code from the provided list of 1999 common foods, and place the food item on the scale platform. The item will be weighted, and the nutritional facts for that portion displayed. Store customizeable food code entries for foods that aren't already in the database, and tally up your daily nutritional intake to help you achieve your health goals.
Weigh your food in grams or ounces, with a high-precision reading of +/- 1 gram (.05 oz.). The unit features a washable stainless steel platform, and can weigh up to 72 ounces (2000 grams). Calibrate for whatever container you're using and you're all set.
Get a Nutritional Breakdown
Of course, it's not just about weight. The scale features a database containing information for 1999 foods. Enter your food code for a portion of food and it will compute the following: calories, calories from fat, carbohydrates, protein, fat, saturated fat, fiber, sugars, cholesterol, and sodium.
The information is easy to read, displayed just the way it is on food packaging labels. At the end of the day you can also calculate your daily nutritional intake, making this scale an essential dieting tool, or an eye-opener for those who wonder about their eating habits.
If a food you're enjoying is not present in the device's database, it allows you to store up to 99 of your own food entries.
It Never Hurts to Double-Check
Think you're getting those serving sizes right? You may not be. The scale helps you ensure you get a proper serving, which may be smaller or larger than you anticipated.
Also Great for Baking
You've probably encountered the occasional baking recipe that offers measurements in grams rather than cups/etc. Get precise with this scale rather then converting or "guesstimating," which is never a great idea with baking.
The scale runs on two AA batteries (included). A handy auto power-off feature ensures you don't drain them too quickly.
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Kitrics Digital Nutrition Scale, Batteries, Documentation
Top customer reviews
I've had this scale for 4 months and I have lost 35lbs. I was really clueless about portion size until I got this scale. In the beginning, I used it all the time, keeping a cumulative daily total. Since I was trying to keep at 60%-20%-20% balance of carbs, fat, protein it was invaluable because I could see what I needed to get to the end of the day and stay within my diet. Believe it or not, that often meant at the end of the day I had leeway to have a (small) treat, which has kept me sane.
Now that I've had it for a while, I don't run daily totals, but I still use it all the time for accurate portion sizes. The manual gives instructions clearly and it is short -- but do be prepared to spend about 10 to 15 minutes learning to use the scale. Once you get it, it is easy.
I've entered in about 25 entries for food items that are not programmed in already. Entering them is easy. The code book is plastic so it won't get ruined by water. The scale is excellent for weighing mail, too.
The auto-shut off will save batteries and still gives you plenty of time to dig around in the fridge and chop something up.
Here are the reasons I did not give it 5 stars: The display could use more contrast as it is a bit dim. Every time you push a button, there is a loud beep noise. It can't be turned off. The book with the list of food codes is not in any sensible order and it has too many codes most adults don't need, like candy bars and processed foods. A condiment section would have been helpful instead of having to find mayo in one place, mustard in another, and I have yet to find ketchup.
I would totally overlook most of the above to give this product 5 stars, except for that infernal beeping.
I could not have had the success I've had without this scale! I never pay expedited shipping for anything, but I did for this and I am glad!
~<UPDATE, March 2011:>~
Hey, thanks for the interesting feedback on my review. You all raise good points, both supporting my commentary and differing with it. I had not considered how this scale would be used by diabetics and diabetic children. That makes perfect sense and I am glad you made us aware of that. I was thinking mainly of nutritional info already being on the wrappers, as well as the sheer volume of processed/packaged foods pre-programmed versus numerous missing items in vegetables, fruit, and fish. It sounds like they have reorganized the booklet and I hope that any commentary here helps them make good decisions about what to include.
With the ability to program in your own items, the holes are an inconvenience but not something that should keep anyone from buying the scale. If you eat lots of pre-packaged foods, it won't be an inconvenience at all!
Long-term scale performance: completely awesome! Have not had to replace the batteries and I use it on average once daily. AND, I've lost 50 lbs and kept 40 lbs off and am now in the process of getting my total loss down again, to 57 lbs. I'm a third of the way there and doing great, for the win. I don't keep running totals on the scale anymore, but I use it in combination with nutritional information from the web to weigh out the calories to my liking without having to program in the items.
Oh! Am I allowed to plug the blog, 100 Calories Of, which I started based on my use of the scale? It is [..] and it shows pictures of 100 calories of different foods I've weighed on the scale. It all started when I posted a picture of 9.5 cashews to facebook and captioned "100 Calories of Cashews." People went nuts (ha ha) for the info so I kept going. I take requests!
Wishing you all a great day and good health.
Anyway, using this results in an LCD display of a virtual label specific to your exact amount (weight) of a food. No computing required. One useful feature is the TARE button. Put a bowl on the scale and it gets weighed; press the TARE button and it zeros it out and you can pour whatever you want in the bowl and get just the product weight. A second useful feature is the SAVE button which allows you to accumulate several meals worth of information. My problem is I forget to hit SAVE after each product. When I do, I get a single virtual TOTAL (another button) label with the entire day's calories, fat, carbohydrates, sodium, etc. The TOTAL looks like a single label of everything you've eaten.
I also like it that I can weigh liquids. The label on my gallon of skimmed milk shows a serving in "cups." Using this scale I can put a glass on the scale, press TARE to zero out the weight of the glass, punch in the code for "Milk, skimmed," and then slowly pour in the milk until I get up to the calorie level I want. The scale reacts pretty quickly in real time to adding more product.
I'm docking 1 star for the display which is quite dim and can be hard to see. Otherwise, I'm a happy diet watching camper. HIGHLY recommended if you're serious about watching your diet.