Lark’s feedback on your logged meal may include a designation of your meal as healthy, neutral, mixed, or unhealthy. Lark categorizes your meal based on the following criteria:
- Healthy Meal: A "healthy" meal has all “healthy” foods or all “healthy” and “neutral” foods.
- Neutral Meal: A “neutral” meal has all “neutral” foods.
- Mixed Meal: A “mixed” meal has at least one “healthy” food and at least one “unhealthy” food.
- Unhealthy Meal: An “unhealthy” meal has all “unhealthy” foods or all “unhealthy” and “neutral” foods.
The purpose of these four categories is to focus on your diet quality instead of strict calorie or nutrient counting. Lark only considers a meal healthy if it contains a mix of only healthy and neutral foods - if there is even a small amount of an “unhealthy” food in your meal, Lark will categorize your entire meal as “neutral.” The foods and nutrients labeled as “healthy” include whole grains, lean proteins, unsaturated fats, fruit, vegetables, and foods high in fiber. Foods labeled as "less-healthy" include those high in carbohydrates, additives, saturated fat, processed sugar, and sodium.