For the past month, I was given the opportunity to try Edamam Nutrition Wizard, a nice program that analyzes recipes and/or ingredients to find out the caloric and nutritional breakdown of your meal and/or snack.
It is extremely simple to use and the results are instantaneous. Edamam allows you to either type in the ingredients or you can cut and paste your recipe. Once you have finished inputting the information, next you click how many servings and then analyze. The user will then have a complete and thorough breakdown of such items as: calories, fat (saturated and trans), protein, daily value % and a full list of vitamins and minerals.
For people who are attempting to watch their weight or caloric intake, Edamam will calculate your personal recommended daily percentages based on the information you provide regarding activity level, gender, age, height and weight.
Another nice feature is the ability to also create/print a nutrition label for the information. This is handy if you are making up something for future use or if you are giving the item away as a gift.
If you are concerned regarding food allergies, there is also a “Nutrition Claims” section which lists appropriate “no” or “free” items (i.e. gluten free, peanut free, no shellfish, etc.).
Edamam also allows you to find recipes and offers recipe ideas which many sound really good. You can click various selections such as specific types of foods to avoid, caloric minimum/maximum amounts, etc., and then recipe options that fit your needs are shown.
Does this all sound too good to be true? Well, there is one catch. You do have to pay a monthly subscription. There are a couple of different levels, so it depends on how much you want to be able to do which determines the right level for you. But, the basic is $2.95 a month and the Plus version is $5.95 a month.
Bottom line- Do I think it is worth a monthly subscription? If you are someone who cooks from scratch often, has a need for this type of information quickly and/or likes to find recipes that are based on personal needs (calorie, food allergies, etc), then you should check out Edamam Nutrition Wizard.
Check it out: https://www.edamam.com/
I received a one month free trial of Edamam Nutrition Wizard Plus in exchange for my honest opinion based on my personal experiences. The above information is based on my experience with the free Plus trial version I was allowed to use. I cannot say for certain the difference between the two levels, nor can I guarantee all features I mentioned above are included in the $2.95 basic subscription.