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Accurate measure of energy intake and expenditure has proven challenging, but with recent innovations in bioinformatics and engineered devices—such as wearable sensors, software applications and web-based tools—food and nutrition research can advance.

Recent interest in personalized and precision nutrition can lead to more interdisciplinary innovation in improving future research tools.

A new paper, “Opportunities and Challenges of Technology Tools in Dietary and Activity Assessment: Bridging Stakeholder Viewpoints” that appears in the journal Advances in Nutrition provides a unique perspective of each stage of the technology tool life cycle—from development, to research and multi-user applications.

This paper exemplifies a convergence of efforts of scientists from food and nutrition sciences, exercise physiology, bioengineering and bioinformatics, collaborating to address cross-cutting issues in improving the measurement of energy intake and expenditure.

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