Pinto (iOS Version 1.1.0)

Synopsis of the App: Pinto is designed to help users reach diet goals with simple, personalized nutrition tools.

Price and Platform: Free. Apple only.

RDN Score: 3/5

Pros

  • Attractive, easy-to-navigate design that links all features from the home page.
  • Build a profile based on one of 12 diet profiles including general overall healthy eating, kidney-friendly, heart-friendly and popular diets such as keto and low-FODMAP.
  • Set goals to maintain, gain or lose weight.
  • Includes a color-coded rating system to highlight foods that are most appropriate for your chosen nutrition profile.
  • The home page displays daily stats detailing macros, flagged data points and calories left for the day at a glance.
  • Highlight details for nutrients such as healthy fats, vitamin D or potassium.
  • Flag allergens or ingredients such as added salt, added sugars or artificial sweeteners.
  • Enter data for packaged foods with a quick snap of a picture or bar code scan.
  • Add custom foods for products and recipes you regularly eat for easy recall.
  • Per a Pinto representative, the nutrition data is sourced from the USDA nutrient database and similar databases, while packaged foods are added directly by the Pinto team. Individual user content is not included in the official database.

Cons

  • Pinto includes lots of bells and whistles but lacks the robust food database that many tracking apps provide.
  • Uses a calorie model for managing diet, which won’t be a good fit for everyone.

Bottom Line: Similar to other daily calorie tracking apps, Pinto lets users add extra customization for a more personalized food tracking experience.

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Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, is based in Atlanta and specializes in culinary nutrition, communications and consulting. She blogs at marisamoore.com. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.