Handstands Ec601-Plus Digital Diet Nutritional Scale  » Health  »
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  • So, basically, I think this scale is a waste of technology
  • It is a case of someone creating a product to solve a problem that does not exist
  • I don’t recommend this scale unless you can pay the same amount for it that you would any other digital food scale


    • by reviewabit
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      This is an item I received as a gift. I am diabetic and overweight and always need to measure and count the foods I eat. I also prepare meals for my elderly mother who is on a special renal diabetic diet. This scale is a digital model that offers more features than I have ever seen on a food scale before.

      It calculates calories, sodium, and most other basic nutritional info. It’s a great idea, and seems like the perfect gift for someone like me. However, I have found that in actual real-life use, it is less helpful than it should be.

      The scale part of the product is great– it’s super sensitive, accurate, easy to use, and will let you calculate weight minus tare based on what container you are placing on it. You just


      put the container on, turn on the scale and it will automatically read zero so you don’t have to manually subtract the weight of the bowl or other container. This is my favorite feature of the scale.

      As far as the usefulness of calculating calories and other nutrition info, it falls a bit flat and suffers serious limitations. The way to calculate calories, salt, etc. is to look up a three digit code in the user’s manual, which corresponds to the food you are weighing.

      This works fairly well with very basic foods like meats, vegetables and other single ingredient items. However, codes for things such as ice cream, bread, and just about any other food item that is bought prepared, are subject to extremely wide variation. Different makers of vanilla ice cream are going to ...


      • have different amounts of calories (and sodium, carbs, protein, fat, etc) per ounce, based on the recipe.

        This is true for almost any prepared product– so instead of looking up a code in a book to type into the scale in order to get a general “estimate” of nutritional info, why not just look on the back of the package the food came in?? They all give you nutritional information by law. Also, if you are going to take the time to look up a food in a book to type in a code to the scale, why would they not just give the nutrition info in the actual book? Wouldn’t that be easier?

        I find it hard to believe that anyone could be so extremely bad at math that they could not figure up the

        total calories in four ounces of food if they were told by a book that it has fifty calories per ounce. If people actually need to stop and type in codes for this, that is pretty sad.

        So, basically, I think this scale is a waste of technology. It is a case of someone creating a product to solve a problem that does not exist. I would never trust this scale’s calculations for anything other than the most basic single ingredients.

        As far as weighing the items, it’s fantastic– but all the rest is just not necessary and a waste. On the positive side, it is cool-looking and impressive on the counter. I don’t recommend this scale unless you can pay the same amount for it that you would any other digital food scale.

        If it costs more, get a basic model.




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