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Fooducate Yourself

December 10th, 2011 at 10:09 am

Yesterday, we finally got a chance to use a new iOS app that my wife found the other day.

Using the built-in barcode scanner (or by typing in the name of the food product), you can instantly view the health information about that item. It will give you a letter grade ranging from F to A+. It will then break down the information into things such as calories per serving, how it ranks on a dieter's theoretical list, etc. And, the best part, this app also informs you as to the content of that item. Potatoes are high in Vitamin C, and it will tell you that. It will also tell when an item's packaging contains BPA. Or, hey, how about that Smart Balance vegetable spread that your doctor recommends? How about the fact that it contains TBHQ and EDTA? Bet your doctor didn't tell you that! I also bet you wouldn't have guessed that Bush's reduced sodium kidney beans are considered one of the healthiest!

For those that are looking to really get away from the CRAP found in your everyday foods, this is a really awesome app for you!

Fooducate - web site - App Store



Fooducate - web site - App Store

8 Responses to “Fooducate Yourself”

  1. PatientSaver Says:

    Seems like a lot of this you could learn by picking up the item off the shelf, no?

    But as to some of the other stuff, i'm wondering who puts all this information together?

    Eg, BPA is in the metal cans of 95% of canned foods out there. How can you trust that the food manufacturer is going to be honest and reveal that yes, they use BPA in their canned products?

    As with everything else, the source of this information is so important to consider before you put your trust in them.

  2. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Interesting. I don't need an app like that but I'll pass that information on to others who might. Smile

  3. Frgal Says:

    I don't know of ANY product that will outwardly tell you when there is EDTA or TBHQ in the product or BPA in the packaging.

    Also, this has proven to be faster than comparing items side-by-side (for us).

  4. PatientSaver Says:

    I don't know of any either, Frugal. Since most food makers wouldn't voluntarily admit to any bad stuff in their products, well, that's why i'm really curious as to who created this system and how they compiled the info.

  5. Frgal Says:

    Good point, patientsaver. Taking a look at their blog, they have valid articles, so they are trustworthy to me.

    However, I'm emailing them and asking where the info comes from. Smile

  6. PatientSaver Says:

    oh, i didn't know there was a blog. can you tell me the name?

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    I think it would be helpful to those who buy a lot of packaged foods to help them make better choices on the go. I have to be aware of a lot of these things anyway because of my son's allergies. You do not want to be in the same room with him after he's ingested TBHQ. Honestly I've found the easiest way to avoid it all is to not buy things in packaging as much as possible. Maybe 2/3 of what I buy is unpackaged. Maybe 3/4. Probably don't have an app that can read a fresh orange or meat wrapped in butcher paper, but then, only one ingredient per so wouldn't need one. Plus I don't have that type of phone, just the cheap free one. Still, I'm all for things that make food choices healthier and easier and especially safer.

  8. Frgal Says:

    LuckyRobin - We do not buy many packaged items either. But, for instance, because of this app we switched from Country Crock vegetable spread to another brand (cannot remember exact name - Brummel Brothers?) because it is healthier, being made from yogurt (we love yogurt products!). It's great for stuff like that.

    We also get healthy snacks (we love to snack!) like crackers and chips. So, this app has helped us find healthier items like that.

    Of course, we get our fruits, veggies, and meats in unpackaged forms. Smile
    PatientSaver - The link is on their site, but here it is: http://blog.fooducate.com/

    Also, heard back from Fooducate. Here is the email (adding it to blog post as well):

    Hi David,

    this is Hemi, the founder and CEO of Fooducate.
    Our information relies on what is written in the nutrition facts panel and ingredient list of a product.
    On rare occasions we get information from a manufacturer regarding BPA status (usually when they are BPA free).

    Hope this helps!

    Thanks
    -Hemi


    Interesting, as I thought items like TBHQ and what-not were not provided... That makes the app even better for me. We don't have to de-code the packaging. Wink

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