Google Nutrition Comparison Tool

Have you ever wanted to compare the nutrition profiles of two types of food to see which would be a better fit for your meal plan? The folks at Google have created a quick and easy way to do it.

Typing in the names of two foods, preceded by “compare” — for example “compare grapes and cherries” — brings up a side-by-side overview, including an image of each food, the number of calories, the amount of total carbohydrate, the grams of sugar, the sodium content, and more. According to Google, most of the information comes from the highly regarded National Nutrient Database compiled by the US Department of Agriculture.


“We noticed that people were doing a lot of food and nutrition searches — multistep searches on one food and another food,” Google spokeswoman Krisztina Radosavljevic-Szilagyi told NPR blog The Salt. “These things are often compared to one another, so we though, why don’t we make it easy?”

Give the tool a try and let us know how it works for you by leaving a comment below!

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.

  • Terry

    It seems rather limited. I typed in potato chips and Dove pieces and it didn’t compare those. I typed in apple pie and french silk pie and it didn’t compare those. I typed in salmon and walleye and it didn’t compare those. I typed in pinto beans and lima beans and it didn’t compare those. But single one-word, one-ingredient items, like apple and banana, it does just fine.