MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Google is using its powerful search capabilities to help consumers make choices about their favorite foods. The search giant has added to its Knowledge Graph nutrition information for more than 1,000 fruits, vegetables, meats and meals.
“This new nutritional information builds on our work on the Knowledge Graph, which brings together all kinds of information across the web that wasn't easily accessible,” Google said on its web site. “The graph helps us connect things that are related, even in cases when those foods have a completely different sounding name from what you asked. For example, when you ask for “summer squash carbs”, we include “zucchini” as a relevant food in the dropdown, because it is a type of summer squash."
The feature launched May 30, and scheduled for roll-out in the United States over the next 10 days, Google said. More features, foods and languages will be added over time. Nutrition information also is available through voice search which works on the web and mobile.
Bing, the search engine developed by Microsoft, also has been providing nutrition information since 2010.