The Vita Mojo app doesn't just tell you the calorie content of your meal, it lets you decide the exact amount for yourself. Is this the future of takeaway food?
It used to be a given that the takeaway food we ordered when we couldn’t be bothered to cook was going to be loaded with calories, but in recent years services like Deliveroo and UberEats have widened the range of healthy options to choose from. Now brand new takeaway app Vita Mojo has taken things one step further.
The app not only tells you the calorie content of the dish you want to order, but it lets you dictate exactly how many calories go into it. With a series of tools, users can pick the components of their meal and measure the total nutritional value with a dedicated calorie counter.
Vita Mojo’s nutritional sidebar will also tell users the percentage of fat, protein and carbohydrates going into their order. If it’s over their preferred amount they can simply go back and lop something off (particularly handy for anyone following a rigorous diet). The amount of food you choose also directly affects the price, meaning you can have better control over how much you’re spending too.
If this all sounds too much like hard work the app also has a menu of ready-made options which you can curate or adapt to suit your dietary requirements.
The Vita Mojo takeaway service is an offshoot of the company’s two London restaurants, where you can order your food in the same bespoke way using in-store ipads. Vita Mojo food deliveries are currently only available in London, but given the ever-increasing scrutiny into the content and nutritional value of the food we eat it’s likely this concept will spread. Vita Mojo themselves are planning to open a further six restaurants next year.
The company is the brainchild of former finance worker Nick Popovici and organic farm owner Stefan Catoiu, who created the menu with chef Paul Davies and nutritionist Helene Patounas.
Speaking to the Evening Standard earlier this year, Patounas said, ‘People want to be healthy and eat well, but not everyone can afford nutritionists or personal chefs. The idea with this is that everyone can get the experience of a personal nutritionist in their lunch break.’