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Google Wants to Help You Get Healthy, Adds Nutrition Information to Search Google Wants to Help You Get Healthy, Adds Nutrition Information to Search
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Google Wants to Help You Get Healthy, Adds Nutrition Information to Search

by Meghan Neal

June 2, 2013

 
Curious how much protein is in a banana? Thanks to Google's latest feature, it's easier to find out with a quick Google search.
 
Google announced yesterday that it's added USDA nutrition facts for 1,000 fruits, vegetables and other foods, with more being rolled out gradually. The information will be served up at the top of the search results, above the aggregated list of links—making it that much easier to get the information right away.
 
It's all part of the tech giant's movement toward semantic search. Google's been building up its Knowledge Graph, which helps it understand the context and intention behind search queries, in order to give better answers. 
 
Google wrote in the blog post announcing the new feature:
Starting today you will be able to quickly and easily find extensive nutrition information for over 1,000 fruits, vegetables, meats and meals in search. From the basics of potatoes and carrots to more complex dishes like burritos and chow mein, you can simply ask, “How much protein is in a banana?” or “How many calories are in an avocado?” and get your answer right away.
The nutrition facts feature will be rolling out on Google over the next 10 days in the U.S. Since awareness is the first step to making healthy changes, this will be a huge help—as long as people bother to ask.
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