FoodMarble Review: This Gadget Can Gauge What’s Giving You Gas

Gassy? Bloated? Struggling from painful indigestion? Treating gastro hassle with capsules and Pepto is simple. Determining why you’re having abdomen issues, that’s a harder calculus.

FoodMarble is a brand new technology-app combo that’s designed that can assist you unravel what ails your intestinal tract—however even with this gizmo, it’s nonetheless an extended, gurgling highway to get there.

The centerpiece of the product is the FoodMarble Aire, a Bluetooth-enabled, pocket-size, rechargeable “digestive breath tester,” which works quite a bit like a breathalyzer, measuring fermentation ranges in your GI system. (The machine has been the topic of scientific analysis reviews in two medical journals.) As FoodMarble explains it, meals that isn’t absolutely digested passes on into the big gut, the place it ferments, producing hydrogen that finally makes it to the lungs. If you exhale, this hydrogen could be measured, which is what the Aire machine does. After all, that fermentation additionally causes plenty of different gasses to be generated, which is why you’re feeling so sick a couple of hours after consuming that habanero chili cheeseburger.

The opposite aspect of FoodMarble is a cellular app, which you employ to log and observe nearly every part that goes into and comes out of your physique. The app has a piece that logs your breath samples (which you’re presupposed to do as much as 10 occasions a day), a spot the place you record every part you eat, measurements of your sleep high quality and stress ranges, a log for any GI signs you encounter, and—my favourite function—a “poop type.” It’s a frightening degree of non-public info to ask anybody to enter into an app, so in the event you’re the type of one who thinks Alexa is a privateness threat, effectively, that is most likely not for you. (The app is free, however the Aire {hardware} prices $179.)

Each day Digest

The app tracks your breath information and provides you a spot to log different eating regimen info.

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In the event you’re critical about attending to the underside of any abdomen hassle you’re experiencing, plan to spend a substantial period of time with the FoodMarble system. The app prompts you with reminders to take periodic breath pattern checks, but it surely’s largely as much as you to log your meals, signs, and different info. In the event you’ve ever executed any meals monitoring, you recognize that this could be a little bit of a bear, particularly when you’ve got an inclination to snack in the course of the day.

Sadly, FoodMarble’s meals logging is well the weakest hyperlink in its arsenal. For starters, the interface is difficult and busy, and whereas FoodMarble claims that it has greater than 600 meals cataloged in its database, it shortly seems that this isn’t almost sufficient. Only a few of the meals lacking from its database embody cashews, pecans, caramels, sizzling canine, hummus, pupusas, hen parmigiana, egg noodles, salami, farro, acorn squash, and any type of salad apart from “Greek,” to call simply among the delights in my quarantine eating regimen. FoodMarble is predicated in Dublin, Eire, however the gadgets which might be on the record appear largely tuned to the British eating regimen (with Wensleydale, White Cheshire, and two sorts of Stilton showing underneath the cheese class), so you’ll have higher luck in the event you’re throughout the pond.

With these limitations in thoughts, FoodMarble doesn’t simply observe what you eat, it tracks what’s in what you eat. It’s on the lookout for what are referred to as FODMAPs, that are fermentable oligosaccharide, disaccharide, monosaccharide, and polyols—all stuff that tends to be poorly absorbed by the physique, although in fact absorption varies broadly from individual to individual. All of the meals within the FoodMarble database are damaged down primarily based on FODMAP content material, so over time you’re supposed to have the ability to correlate indigestion with sure FODMAPs you’ve consumed to find out the place your intolerances lie.