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Private calorie tracker

Today I learned that F-droid has a privacy aware calorie tracker called “Food Tracker” developed by a group at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). The trackers are privacy-aware in the sense that they are transparent by being open source, not including any cloud service and also being free of trackers. Making it a nice experience overall and feels good to use without worrying about were this data ends up. One of the major downsides is that the database provided with it, that contains a collection of possible food, isn’t very great and I had a hard time finding anything. However, less than 30 seconds of research provides one with a good estimate of calories per 100 gram and from there it’s easy to add own food.

I came across this, because I decided to collect some data on my eating habits to improve them a bit. After I got the initial hint from the AFediverseChat Matrix room, to try “FatSecret” as calorie tracker, which is heavily loaded with trackers and refused to work at all, when restricted to offline-mode, I decided to have a look around F-droid and found what I was looking for.