I found a new app for my Android that I just love! I shared it with everyone in the National List office, and they love it, too! It’s called Fooducate, and it’s Free. If you haven’t tried it, you might want to check it out. With this app, instead of trying to decode nutrition labels and ingredient lists, you scan the bar code on a food product with the phone camera, and based on nutritional value, the app grades whatever it is. Along with the grade, it gives highlights, both good and bad, as to why the product received the grade it did. For example the, product might contain too much salt and thus receive a poor grade. It then provides you with a list of healthier alternatives. I use it every time I shop now!
The Details page also shows the calories per serving, % of people who like it, FoodPoints values, warnings, and other details the manufacturer may or may not want you to know (e.g., extensive processing). The various warnings displayed for some foods include excessive sugar, trans fats, controversial food colorings, and confusing serving sizes. The alternatives tab displays related items that earn a better grade than the product you’ve scanned. A helpful feature is that you can instantly see the reasons why another item is better, like having healthier ingredients and more nutrients. The app has information on over 200,000 products, and they say the number is growing daily. It requires the Android OS version 2.2 or higher, touch screen and camera. It is also available for iPhone.
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by Beverly Unrath, National List.