Free iCals Lite App – Easily Identify How Many Calories in Food Servings

Revere, Massachusetts – Independent developer James Hollender today is pleased to announce the release of his iCals Lite app for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. The iCals Lite app is based on the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. The iCals Lite app allows users to easily find out the Calories in a large number of food servings, which is critical for those trying to keep their weight down.

For those who are trying to keep their weight down then this is an app that will truly be used on a regular basis.

The iCals Lite app provides information about foods and how they are rated for Calorie content. This is provided as a means to assist in deciding which foods to eat. The foods servings are rated from EXTREMELY LOW in Calories all the way up to EXTREMELY HIGH. The following colors help readily identify which is which:

* Black = Rated EXTREMELY HIGH in Calories (500 -1,181)
* Dark Red = Rated VERY HIGH in Calories (400 – 499)
* Red = Rated HIGH in Calories (300 – 399)
* Orange = Rated MODERATELY HIGH in Calories (250 – 299)
* Yellow = Rated MODERATE in Calories (200 – 249)
* Light Green = Rated MODERATELY LOW in Calories (150 – 199)
* Green = Rated LOW in Calories (100 – 149)
* Light Blue = Rated VERY LOW in Calories (50 – 99)
* White = Rated EXTREMELY LOW in Calories (0 – 49)

There are eight tables listing food servings:

* All Foods
* Fast Foods
* Fruits & Vegetables
* Meat, Fish & Shellfish
* Dairy & Egg
* Cereal Grains & Pasta
* Sweets
* Snacks

The All Foods list allows you to search by any word or partial word from all the Food Titles. Selecting a food in any of the tables will display pertinent information about the selected food serving:

* Food Title
* Weight (in grams)
* Common Measure (serving size for weight)
* Calorie Content (in kcals)
* USDA Description
* USDA Food Group
* USDA Nutrient Database Number

Information is derived from the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Energy (kcal) Content of Selected Foods per Common Measure. There are currently over 1,100 different food servings included, searchable using more than 2,500 names (some foods are known by different names or how they are prepared, e.g., “Egg, Fried” and “Fried Egg”). A few these have as many as six searchable names. The iCals Lite Info screen provides access to additional information pages:

* What are Calories?
* Calorie Recommendations
* Highest Calorie Foods
* User Agreement
* How to Use this App
* About this App (includes allowance to 1) Report a Problem; 2) Ask a Questions; and 3) Make a Suggestion)

The iCals Lite app is a Free version of the iCals app, one of 7 full featured nutrient apps. What is the difference between the Free Lite version and the paid version:

* The app does not suspend like the paid versions do – this causes a start up delay which is required to populate all the table & views
* There are advertisements found throughout
* You have to respond to two dialogs every time the app starts up
* There is no print support like in the paid versions

In every other respect, iCals Lite is the same as iCals.

Why is this version Free? This gives the user the opportunity to try out the features of the paid version of iCals. All 7 paid versions work similarly, but each is targeted towards different audiences:

* Vitamin K – for users of blood thinning medications like Coumadin & Warfarin
* iCarbs – for bodybuilders and diabetics
* iProteins – for bodybuilders, vegetarians and vegans
* iCals – for those watching calories
* iSugars – for those concerned about their sugar intake
* iFiber – for those wanting to get enough fiber in their diet
* iCholesterol – to help identify foods containing cholesterol

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.0 or later
* 4.4 MB

Pricing and Availability:
The iCals Lite app is available in the iTunes App Store for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The current price is Free and can be found in the Healthcare & Fitness category. As always, updates are provide free of charge.

James Hollender
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James Hollender, a well seasoned Information Technology professional, has been familiar with Apple products since the days of the first Macintosh computer and has been involved with object oriented programming since the introduction of Java, culminating most recently writing apps in Objective C for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. His innovative ideas have resulted in numerous suggestion and other awards including a commendation from The President of the United States. Copyright (C) 2010 James Hollender. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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