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You can now compare the nutritional content of any two foods by searching Google. This feature, announced in December but missed by many, gives would-be dieters a quick way to make decisions.

Whether you’re avoiding carbohydrates or just generally interested in nutritional information, getting these comparisons couldn’t be quicker. Just type the two foods into Google, with the word “Versus”. For example, you might be curious about the relative merits of celery and carrots.

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Curious which morning beverage offers more caffeine? Type “Compare coffee vs tea” and you’ll see this:

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And, as NPR points out, with this tool you actually can compare apples to oranges.

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Google’s not the only tool for the job, of course: self-proclaimed “knowledge engine” Wolfram Alpha can also provide nutritional information, though without the side-by-side reference. But if you already use Google constantly, nutritional comparisons offer yet another use for the site.

Google is regularly adding more kinds of information directly to search results, instead of just providing links. You’ve long been able to use Google as a calculator How To Use Google As A Calculator How To Use Google As A Calculator Read More or get live sports scores, but that’s just the start. Find out more things Google can offer you directly Are You SURE You Know How to Use Google? Are You SURE You Know How to Use Google? Most of you are probably thinking "you bet!" or "what’s there to KNOW?" right about now. I believe you. The truth is, if you know how to enter a query and hit enter, you know... Read More , if you’re curious.

Source: NPR

  1. MrX
    March 26, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I dont know if I am doing something wrong but this isnt working for me.

    • Justin P
      March 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      It doesn't work for every food...what were you trying? Sometimes putting "compare" before the foods can also help...

    • MrX
      March 26, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      I figured it out. It only works if you use google.com. Other country domains dont seem to work.

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