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Interview: Behind the scenes of DietSensor

Astrid Bonnasse, the co-founder of DietSensor, talks about the main features of this application that has revolutionized the management of macronutrients.


Tell us the story behind DietSensor. Was its creation serendipitous?

The creation of DietSensor is not at all serendipitous. In 2013, our nine-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Overnight, we had to learn how to calculate the number of carbohydrates so as to inject the right dose of insulin. However, the only information we had, was the nutrition facts labels. We were so struck that in the 21st century, there were no simple and efficient solution. We had to find a way to help our child and all diabetics facing the same issues. It was then that we stumbled on this famous miniaturized scanner “SCiO” and decided to use it to create the first food database worldwide together with the app that would give all the necessary information: DietSensor. With this scanner, there is a way to scan your food and know the amount of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, wherever you are. We immediately realized that this application would be of use not only for Type 1 diabetics like our daughter, but to help improve health conditions affected by dietary imbalance through healthy eating habits: type 2 diabetes, overweight, obesity, cholesterol and so on. We built a network of doctors and dieticians and injected into the application the advices of health authorities in terms of nutrition, taking into account all these pathologies.

When we won the Best of Innovation Award at the CES Las Vegas in 2016, it was for us the proof of all the good that emanates from this adventure.


What message does DietSensor convey?

We want people to be aware that DietSensor is a solution based on most renowned scientific studies. The app is not a scam and does not make illusory promises. The primary message is simply that it is important or even essential to get back to a healthy diet. A message that has not changed since the Hippocrates’ time. No current diet adopts this approach. It’s quite the opposite, they suggest rapid weight loss with the assured risk of the yo-yo effect, as found by many studies. Losing weight should be regular and stable, while eating healthily and without interrupting the intake of any essential macro nutrient.


What is the difference between DietSensor and the other applications?

Unlike other apps, DietSensor does not address calories directly. We firmly believe that dealing with calories through high or low caloric diets is a mistake. This approach is far from being enough.   We need to balance our food and get back to our good old habits. We used to eat healthily earlier on but nowadays, what is sold to consumers may not necessarily be healthy. Our nutritional programs aim to help users according to their condition and we offer them specific help based on their health status. The objective is knowing how to prevent or mitigate diseases by eating healthily.


How does it work?

Like for all nutrition apps, you’ve got to have determination to record what you eat, and this can be done without the SCiO. The app is used by people fighting obesity, by those who want to learn about diet balancing and by fitness people. But unlike the other applications, DietSensor is not only about recording your meal but it advises (portions, food to balance,…) and educates on nutrition through training and real life experimentation.

For type 1 diabetics, DietSensor indicates the number of carbs they can have on their plates, making insulin dosing easier. It is also accompanied by a program to help these patients better understand functional insulin therapy. For people with type 2 diabetes, DietSensor helps them to rebalance macronutrients not only for losing weight healthily but also gives them the possibility of reversing their health condition, as proven by several studies and as experienced by some of our users.


Does DietSensor replace medical monitoring?

Of course not! We don’t want to replace doctors. Quite the contrary, we want DietSensor to be a tool for easily collecting data and feedback from patients, enabling better follow-up  on a daily basis. DietSensor wants to become a companion of doctors, dieticians and patients. In fact, we observed that information sharing and follow-up are difficult. The patient has the possibility to share reports rich in information with health professionals, if he wants to.


What are your views on fad diets?

When you claim faster results, it’s expected that people want to follow them. However, these so-called miracle diets are extremely harmful because they don’t promote a balanced diet. You can very well reach the results promised, but as soon as you stop, weight regaining is inevitable. In addition, these plans are very restrictive and have a significant social impact. At DietSensor, we recommend healthy weight loss through portion management. It’s true that in some cases, certain foods must be reduced or restricted. It all depends on the condition.


Dietsensor has had a remarkable journey. To what do you dedicate this success?

Our journey was indeed remarkable in the sense that we had an international exposure from the very beginning with the CES award. DietSensor has been ranked among the top 10 most innovative and successful start-ups in the world! We announce this week the launching of DietSensor worldwide as we have been receiving requests around the globe and we can no more restrain to Europe and North America. Helping people who are struggling with their nutrition is at the same time a passionate and challenging adventure. Our mission remains the same, that of always helping others.


Any future projects?

Given that DietSensor is now available worldwide, we wish that more and more people around the discover and use DietSensor. We want everyone to know that health issues related to nutrition can be prevented by adopting healthy eating habits! We are currently working with several doctors who are convinced about DietSensor, with hospitals and also enterprises who want to propose this approach to their employees.


DietSensor’s New Premium Plan Offers Smart Food Suggestions

It is no easy task to navigate the endless directions and advice from thousands of food experts.  Nor is it easy to stick to an daily nutrition recommendation.  Did I eat the recommended 15% of the daily intake of proteins? What about 50% of carbohydrates?

At DietSensor, eating healthy is what we do. The new DietSensor solution will help you to stay balanced. Our team of doctors and nutritionists have designed a new Premium plan that will make it easy for you to achieve your goals.

Most importantly, DietSensor makes meal planning, food tracking and portion control easy, accurate and quick, by perfectly balancing each meal with the foods you like in mere seconds!

Key Benefits:

  • Count Calories and Nutrients:  The DietSensor mobile app counts calories and nutrients and lets you know how much of each you have available for your next meal.
  • Personalized for You:  Everything is personalized to your health profile and weight loss goal. The data relies on scientific evidence and avoids marketing diets that can be harmful.
  • Quick and Easy:  In less than 4 clicks, you can compose a balanced meal, guided by our Food Suggestions tool.

Nutritional recommendations are calculated for your profile in real time and translated into compatible food suggestions.  The DietSensor Food Suggestions tool makes it possible to treat yourself while meeting your goals.  Meal planning is made easy by DietSensor.

Client Testimonial:

“I always thought I could achieve weight loss just by cutting fats.  I have been proven wrong many times. Since I started to use DietSensor, I realized that I was depriving myself of important nutrients and that the number of carbs I ate for each meal was preventing me losing weight.”  – November 2016

DietSensor is an innovative nutritional tracking tool for chronic disease management, weight loss, and overall health and wellness.   The solution comes with a mobile app and personalized coaching that helps individuals better manage their nutrition by providing accurate and easily accessible nutritional support.  With the mobile app and coach, you can create a personalized nutrition plan comprised of meal plans and targeted macro nutrient intake goals.

DietSensor connects to both the SCiO food scanner and Bluetooth digital scale, both optional devices.  The smart scale weighs food portions and sends the information directly to your mobile application for accurate food tracking.   With the pocketsize SCiO scanner, you can scan your food for accurate carbohydrate, protein, and lipid amounts.

DietSensor offers three plans:  Basic (free), Premium, and Ultimate.  Please visit our website to learn more:  https://www.dietsensor.com/packages/

Let DietSensor help you eat smart, and stay balanced!  Plan, scan, measure, and eat smart!

Beat Diabetes: 4 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Preventative medicine is rapidly becoming the focus of many doctors who would prefer to help their patients prevent rather than treat a disease like diabetes. Ninety percent of diabetes diagnoses are Type 2, which is the most common and preventable version of this disease. Twenty-nine million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Dr. Hall believes that this disease can be reversed and many of her patients have not only reported significantly lowered A1c levels (the 3-month average of blood glucose levels), but their physicians have taken them off a majority of their medications, which may include oral medications and regular insulin injections. Proving that prevention works. Let’s see the importance of diabetes diet.

Read the full article at: www.huffingtonpost.com

Dealing with Type 2 diabetes is very difficult, as one’s should always know how many carbs diabetes diet a day. Furthermore, preventing such disease can be extremely difficult as we do not have the exact figure or we tend to eat mindlessly. In such situation, DietSensor encourages your fight against diseases linked to nutrition by indicating clearly the amount of Carbs presents in your meal, gives advices about nutrition and guide you to have a healthy lifestyle. Fighting diabetes with diet is made easy.  The DietSensor app is for people who need to control their daily food intake, especially those who want to effectively tackle weight loss, to reverse diabetes with diet and exercise, cholesterol, blood pressure or other chronicle diseases related to nutrition.

Heart Disease Infographic

Those who consume alcohol moderately (approximately 1 drink daily or less) are 14-25% more unlikely to develop heart disease

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The study results indicate that starting a high fiber diet can help to improve long-term heart disease risk.

It’s always been known that high fiber diets can help with losing weight, lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure. Weight, cholesterol and blood pressure are major determinants of long-term cardiovascular disease risk.

The recommendation from the American Heart Association for high fiber diets is 25 grams of dietary fiber or more per day. This daily fiber intake should come primarily from whole foods, and not processed fiber bars, drinks and supplements. Processed foods might be high in fiber, but they are also usually quite high in sodium and calories. Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet. Getting enough fiber starts with knowing how much you need. Find out how much fiber you need each day and track how your food choices contribute to your daily fiber intake with the DietSensor app! By downloading the mobile app you can: -Track your daily fiber intake – Select foods to plan daily meals -Learn about fiber serving sizes – The DietSensor’s app is an extremely popular option for people looking to really get their arms around their portion size, daily caloric goals and intake, and start keeping an eye on the foods they eat.

You can pre-order dietsensor and the SciO scanner today and pay on delivery, in September 2016. https://www.dietsensor.com/wait-list/

Overweight And Pregnant: DietSensor Helps You To Manage Weight Gain During Pregnancy

New research suggests gorging on junk food in pregnancy increases the risk a woman’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will suffer metabolic problems. The sad part is that the findings show the risks remains even if their offspring consume healthy diets.

Read the full article at: www.dailymail.co.uk

If you started off your pregnancy carrying too much weight for your height, you’re far from alone. More than two-thirds of reproductive-age women in the United States are overweight and obese. If your diet has included too much fast food, soda, and sweets, now is the time to change! Research, planning, and tracking helps you eat well during pregnancy thus reducing your risk of pregnancy problems like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. We all know that’s indeed a tiring process, that’s why at DietSensor, we have thought of everything to help have an easy life! The DietSensor app is a User-Friendly app, taking you 10 times fewer clicks to log a food than with other manual input methods.  It is the first instant nutrition coach with sensors able to tell within seconds the nutritional values of a food or beverage and give immediate advice, of the quantity of what you should eat from your plate based on your goals. All this driven by evidence based medicine. It also includes an innovative progression chart which gives you comprehensive information on how to eat healthy foods while enjoying your pregnancy and stay on track. You can pre-order today on: www.dietsensor.com/wait-list

New dietary guidelines limit sugar, rethink cholesterol

The 2015 guidelines recommend a “healthy eating pattern” with limited sugar and saturated fat, less salt and more vegetables and whole grains. The guidelines are revised every five years, and the draft version of this year’s guide came in months ago at more than 500 pages. The guidance affects everything from what’s served in school and prison lunches to how food labels work. It helps dietitians guide their clients. Experts say it also puts pressure on manufacturers and restaurants about what they put in their food. At the end, “Diet is essential to health … we are really left with no solid advice for most people,” but DietSensor can fulfill those gaps left without answers.

Read the full article at: edition.cnn.com

The US government had set up a dietary guideline of nine recommended things you should eat in order to have a proper diet. These latter will help the Americans to have a healthy eating pattern by reducing the amount of sugar and fat intakes during the day. Some nutrients are back on track like egg and protein food such as seafood, lean meat and poultry. The guidelines argued that some fat need to be present in food as it is beneficial to the body as long as it is under controlled. However, food counting is not something very easy as you can easily lost sight of the target or have inaccurate intakes at the end of the day. The first nutritional coaching app to help you better manage chronicle conditions and fitness DietSensor, makes food tracking so easy and accurate that anybody will be able to know what and how much he or she is about to eat, every day, without a huge effort. Moreover, the DietSensor app is designed so that user get a nutritional coach at the tip of his fingers throughout a well guided schema which will bring the line of conduct recommended.

Diet Sensor : The Tool For Nutrition Therapy In Diabetes 

Although type 2 diabetes is preventable, its prevalence and incidence are rapidly increasing in the United States and worldwide. Currently, more than 5.4% of adults worldwide have a diagnosis of diabetes, and an estimated 300 million will have diabetes by 2025. With no cure available for diabetes, primary prevention through diet and exercise is important. DietSensor helps you to maintain this nutritional therapy on daily basis. Let’s discover how. 

Read the full article at: www.clinicaladvisor.com

Many of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes include lifestyle decisions and can be prevented, delayed, or effectively treated and minimized with an appropriate monitoring and medication coupled with a healthy diet and lifestyle.  With DietSensor, advanced carb counting will be made easier for Type 1 or Type 2 and will be user-friendly. First and foremost, please consult your doctor for a checkup or seek advice from your dietitian,  and should you be going for the DietSensor app meal counting app, undoubtedly you will enjoy a large flexibility and freedom. A very simple approach : once you’ve input the foods, the app does the heavy calculations for you by figuring out what you should have more of or cut back on, based on your health profile. Some of this might seem obvious, but you’ll be surprised at the detail that can go into a healthy diet. The app will coach you toward your nutrition goals using a smart progression chart with all your main info.

DietSensor : Hope for Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Many experts believe Type 2 diabetes is an incurable disease that gets worse with time. But new research raises the tantalizing possibility that drastic changes in diet may reverse the disease in some people. But in the long term it is a question of instilling new habits, and giving clear insights about how much to cook and how much to eat.

Read the full article at: well.blogs.nytimes.com

Type 2 diabetes develops when the body cannot use insulin properly or make enough insulin, so the body cannot properly use or store glucose (a form of sugar) and sugar backs up into the bloodstream, raising blood sugar levels. In the United States, some 8.9 percent of adults 20 and older have been found to have diabetes, and health officials estimate that another 3.5 percent have undiagnosed diabetes.

With DietSensor, we want to make food tracking so easy and accurate, that anybody will be able to know what and how much he or she is about to eat, everyday, without a huge effort. We want to empower people regain control of their food intake, especially those who are suffering from being overweight or with chronicle diseases related to nutrition. The SCiO sensor from Consumer Physics and a bluetooth scale now give us the ability to automatize nutrient counting. But more than that, DietSensor is about giving advice, driven by the user’s profile and goal and the meal he just recorded. Check our website dietsensor.com and subscribe to our waitlist https://dietsensor.com/dev/wait-list/