"We have so many, I don't know how many questions we have," Gupta said. "Everything from what are bison to what temperature should I cook pork at."
Other examples include "Are duck eggs edible?" (they are, by the way), "Are microwaved hamburgers safe?" and "Are pre-stuffed turkeys safe?"
In the weight loss management section, users can find tips for losing weight including decreasing portion size, eating the right amount of calories, eating fewer empty calories and increasing physical activity.
Wright recently did a presentation about the food app at the American Public Health Association Conference in Boston, she said. Many people there were interested in replicating the app for their areas, she said. She's also heard from people in other countries who have downloaded the app and are using it. Much of the information -- calorie information for chain restaurants for instance -- is helpful even for those outside of Kanawha County, she said.
Kanawha-Charleston used a similar app from the New York City health department as a guide for developing their own but added some of their own features, Gupta said.
Gupta said he hopes the app will help educate the public about eating a healthy meal and make them more aware of food safety.
He also hopes the knowledge of calorie information helps combat the obesity problem in West Virginia and especially the Kanawha Valley.
"People will, if nothing else, know what they're eating and over time this will hopefully improve the behavioral habits," Gupta said. "They'll start to eat more healthy."
The KCHD Food app is available for Android and iPhone.
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