AI chatbots can tell you if your meal is healthy

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AI chatbots like ChatGPT are as accurate as a nutritionist at estimating the energy, carbohydrate, and fat contents of eight menus designed for adults, according to international research, but the AI tended to overestimate the protein content. The team say that although AI chatbots cannot replace nutritionists, they can be a useful and convenient tool for people who want to know the energy and macronutrient information of their foods.

Journal/conference: JAMA Network Open

Link to research (DOI): 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.50367

Organisation/s: Taipei Medical University, Taiwan

Funder: This study was supported by grants from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan
(MOST 111-2410-H-038-019-MY2 and MOST 111-2320-B-038-030-MY3 to Dr Chang).

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From: JAMA

About The Study: The results of this study suggest that artificial intelligence (AI) can be a useful and convenient tool for people who want to know the energy and macronutrient information of their foods. Although AI chatbots cannot replace nutritionists, they may provide real-time analysis of foods, and the capacity to harness AI technology in a supportive role may fundamentally transform the way nutritionists communicate with patients.

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