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Winner of the 2014 Innov8 for Health competition, Wholesome is a nutritionist in your pocket. Offering tracking of vitamins, minerals, macronutrients, and phytonutrients, Wholesome can identify gaps in your nutrition and suggest whole foods to help you improve your diet. Wholesome uses factors like your age, gender, and whether you are pregnant or breastfeeding, to give you highly personalized nutrition recommendations (per the USDA) and lets you track toward your goals.

*New!* Get information on each food in the ‘tips’ section featuring content like: pesticide risk and when to buy organic, how to select foods at the store, how to store them at home, how to prepare them for the most nutrition, their glycemic index rating, their GMO risk, whether they are safe for pets, and much more! (Available with Wholesome Pro for over 200 foods and growing).

Wholesome features:
- Look up any whole food and adjust the quantity to see what nutrients it is ranked excellent or good for.
- Click on any nutrient, like iron, to view a ranked list of the foods containing the most iron.
- View a detailed page about each nutrient describing its health benefits and deficiency symptoms.
- Get personalized nutrition values by entering your age, gender, and other factors.

Wholesome Pro features:
-Track what you eat to see which nutrients you are falling short on (per USDA recommendations).
-View your aggregated intake of over 80 nutrients.
-Find out what to eat when you’re low on a particular nutrient.
-Maintain your food diary: add or remove foods to any day in the last week.
-View ‘Tips’ to learn about selecting and preparing whole foods for the most nutrition.

Wholesome is designed and intended to help you maintain a natural whole-food diet in which a full spectrum of nutrients are consumed for optimal health. It is not intended as a calorie-counting weight-loss app, though the Pro version does sum up calories. For this reason, the database is comprised of mostly whole foods and common pantry items and does not contain branded packaged-goods nor is there a barcode scanner feature. The food database is available to browse for free before purchasing the Pro version. We appreciate your patience as we continue to grow our database as each food is added manually to ensure the highest quality and detail. If you would like to request a food, or you have a feature suggestion, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What's New in Version 2.8

Minor bug fix - Updated the app to be iOS 8 compatible. Fixed the blank nutrition page bug.

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Customer Reviews


I love this app. I have been long been wanting to track just my vitamins and minerals and this comes pretty darn close to being what I need. I also am trying to eat more whole foods so this gives me motivation, since there aren't many processed foods you can add.

I also love the tips you can see for each food, especially the storage tips and pesticide risk. This is a huge help when shopping.

One suggestion: it would be great if you could turn off the total calorie count in the corner. I am not the only one who can get a bit obsessive--in a bad way--with calorie counts. I just want to avoid the need for a multivitamin, not lose weight!

Great app that desperately needs custom food support

I really like this app a lot, since my main focus is on getting enough vitamins and minerals, which very few apps support.

This app is very biased towards eating unprocessed foods (and so am I), so you won't find any brands in the food database. Which would be fine with me if I could manually add in the few packages foods I buy, like Kind bars. Right now the only workaround I have is to enter teeny portions of nuts and chocolate to try to get close to the nutritional value.

I've also learned from this app that I consistently don't get enough iron, so I started taking an iron supplement. However, I can't enter this into my charts because vitamins D and B12 are the only ones this app thinks you should resort to supplementing.

And even though my main focus isn't tracking calories, it's still something I want to keep an eye on. So if I splurge on a brownie one day, or heck, if I even add mayo to my sandwich, I just have to remember the extra calories for that day.

one of the best snd most useful apps ive ever had

this is a great app; its unique and it is a real time saver and a great way to learn about nutrition.

i have yet to find any app, program, or website that can do what wholesome does and quickly calculate micronutrients. its intuitive and a snap to use. just select the food, then the amount, and voila! youve got all youre RDA info right there! (note that this feature is on premium only, which is absolutely the BEST few bucks i ever spent on the app store)

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  • Free
  • Category: Health & Fitness
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  • Version: 2.8
  • Size: 36.8 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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