Health Care IT: Microsoft Bing Serves Up More Nutritional Info, Recipes

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2010-02-02
 
 
 

Microsoft Bing Serves Up More Nutritional Info, Recipes

Microsoft Bing Serves Up More Nutritional Info, RecipesBy Nicholas Kolakowski

Microsoft Bing Serves Up More Nutritional Info, Recipes

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Typing in the name of a food, such as pasta, will now offer a Recipes tab on the left side of the Bing search-results screen.

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Clicking on the Recipes tab will guide the user to a new page of recipes from different sites, along with graphics detailing their levels of calories and fat.

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Each recipe features Ingredients, Directions and Nutritional Information.

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Nutritional information for each recipe includes calories, fats, sodium, carbohydrates and the like.

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Bing offers nutritional information on food through computational engine Wolfram Alpha. Typing in nutrition after a particular food or ingredient is one of the more reliable ways to activate this feature.

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Wolfram Alpha will compare nutritional data of a particular food to other foods, ranking its amount of nutrients such as vitamin B12 to that of others. Here, we see that a standard serving of skirt steak ranks in the 94th percentile for vitamin B12 among 7,500 common foods.

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Wolfram Alpha also provides individual food computations of vitamins, minerals, protein and amino acids, and even alcohol content.

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Nutrition facts are accessible from Bings search-results page for certain foods, by clicking on the Nutrition Facts tab on the left side of the screen.

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Typing in a food plus a metric like carbohydrates will display the Wolfram Alpha result for that metric on the top of the search-results page.

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Typing in a food such as pizza will also give local listings for restaurants that offer it.

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