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Thanks to Google, You’ll Never Search for Food Porn Again

No calorie will go uncounted.
Good or bad? Starting today, this will happen when you search for food on Google. (Google Inside Search)

Good or bad? Starting today, this will happen when you search for food on Google. (Google Inside Search)

If Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban freaked you out, you’re going to drool over Google’s new search feature.

This morning, Google announced it’s going to start incorporating nutritional information into its search results. Apparently they’ve collected stats for over a thousand fruits, vegetables, meats and meals, and they’ll show up in a sidebar whenever you search a particular food. In other words, you’ll never be able to search “Nutella recipes” without feeling guilty again.

Judging the press release, there’s no calorie from which you can hide. “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,” it says.

Sure, easy access to nutritional information could be helpful for overwhelmed dieters traipsing the aisles of Whole Foods (Does “gluten-free” mean these cookies are healthier? Answer: no).

Presumably, people mainly Google foods when they do, in fact, want to know their nutritional information. But what if I’m really excited about a new brownie recipe I’m making, only to find out that a single serving will amount to 65% of my daily fat intake? Or what if I search for nearby fro-yo shops, only to learn that my $7 Sixteen Handles sundae isn’t as healthy as I think it is? That sounds like no fun at all.

But whether you like the sound of it or not, Google’s new food feature is launching today in English, and will be spreading across the country in the next ten days. Enjoy searching for food porn while you still can!

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