Most U.S. shoppers will be familiar with the Nutrition Facts label on foods which, amongst other things, tells consumers how much fat and salt is in their food. With the Digital Food Scale from Perfect Portions, users can obtain that information whilst weighing out their serving. Ten key nutritional elements are displayed when users type in an appropriate food code from a database of nearly 2,000 foods, empowering users to take control of their daily intake or cut down on foods that may do more harm than good.

The Perfect Portions Digital Food Scale is for those of us who want to know exactly how much a "portion" of almonds is (it's actually a lot smaller than you might think), those who like to control how many calories they consume and those who want to know a little more about what they eat. The weighing machine includes a nutritional database of 1,999 foods sourced from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The 9.25 x 6.1 x 1 inch Perfect Portions scale is topped with an easy-clean, hygienic glass surface which is flanked to the right by a touchpad user interface and information panel. After using the device's tare function to zero out any container or dish, the item to be weighed is placed on the glass surface. Then, a special four digit code from an included booklet is entered to bring up information on the item's nutritional value.

The scale will inform a user of the total calories in the portion being weighed and how many of those come from fat. The display then shows the proportion of fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, salt, sugar, dietary fiber, carbs and protein in grams and milligrams. The device can even calculate a percentage of daily intake based on a diet of 2,000 calories. Intake data can be saved for daily totals analysis and monitoring, and a user can program in up to 99 custom food codes for anything that isn't covered in the food code book.

The Perfect Portions Digital Food Scale shows weights in either grams or ounces, is powered by a couple of user-replaceable AA sized batteries and comes in black, white, silver, red, or blue. It's available now for US$49.99 from various outlets including Sharper Image and Amazon.

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