Journal of Medical Internet Research Publishes Study That Reveals Noom Has the Most Accurate Caloric Food Database in Comparison to Other Nutrition-Related Mobile Apps
NEW YORK, February 27, 2019 (Newswire.com) - A new study published in this month’s Journal of Medical Internet Research finds that Noom, the behavior change company disrupting the weight loss industry, contains the most accurate caloric food database in comparison to other popular nutrition-related apps.
The study - “Popular Nutrition-Related Mobile Apps: An Agreement Assessment Against a UK Reference Method” - evaluated the calorie accuracy of Noom, Samsung Health, MyFitnessPal, FatSecret, and LoseIt! against the European industry standard, Dietplan6, the nutrition software widely used and accepted by nutritionists and dietitians in the UK.
The CEO and co-founder of Noom, Saeju Jeong, says this outside research validates that Noom’s technology and proprietary database as superior to the competition.
“If you’re counting calories or trying to lose weight, your food database better be accurate,” said Jeong. “This is one of the reasons why Noom continually dedicates product teams, resources, and technology to ensure that our food database gives our users the most up-to-date information.”
A Closer Look at the JMIR Study: Methodology & Findings
Researchers with Hugh Sinclair Unit of Human Nutrition and Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research with the University of Reading Whiteknights Campus compared dietary analysis of 24-hour weighed food records between 5 nutrition-related programs - Samsung Health, MyFitnessPal, FatSecret, Noom and Lose It! - against Dietplan6.
The findings show that Noom had the highest correlation with Dietplan6, making it the most accurate food database when compared to competitors.
Under conclusions, researchers wrote they found two apps, FatSecret and Lose It!, tended to underestimate protein and sodium, while Samsung Health and MyFitnessPal were inconsistent and less reliable when it came to estimates of calcium, iron, Vitamin A and C. Researchers found Lose It! was the app least comparable with the professional standards followed by nutritionists and dietitians in the UK.
Researchers hope the study helps clinicians and researchers make better-informed decisions about using mobile health apps in research and practice.
About Noom, Inc.
Noom, Inc., a leader in mobile health coaching, combines the power of technology with the empathy of real human coaches to deliver successful behavior change at scale. With the largest number of health coaches nationwide, Noom’s direct-to-consumer weight loss and fitness mobile behavior change programs have reached more than 47 million users across the globe. Noom also treats chronic and pre-chronic conditions, including the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). Noom’s fully mobile diabetes prevention program was the first of its kind to be recognized by the CDC and the only mobile program clinically proven in a peer-reviewed journal. Noom offers curricula across the acuity spectrum and now features programs for pre-hypertension, hypertension and diabetes management in addition to its flagship weight loss and diabetes prevention programs. Noom has offices in New York City, Seoul, and Tokyo.