If you’ve made it your goal to lose weight, watch what you eat, and you’re also an iPhone owner Fooducate recently launched a free and fun app to make it easier for you to stick to your resolutions and make better decisions while shopping at the grocery store.
Fooducate began as a blog by Hemi Weingarten, a father of 3 toddlers in San Francisco, seeking a way to cook healthier for himself and his kids. As his kids grew older, he found it challenging to seek healthier options of them and couldn’t guarantee that labels spoke the truth so Fooducate was his quest to seek knowledge for himself and anyone else that happened to read it.
The app works in a similar fashion enabling shoppers to scan barcodes of the foods they wish to purchase and see what their nutritional values are. The app lists a brief explanation of the scanned item as well as any warnings. It also displays a grade rating ranging from A-C and provides a healthier alternative. Shoppers will be advised of common warnings like excessive sugar and sodium, trans fats, additives and preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, controversial food colorings, and more.
I’ve been using this app since the start of the year and find it effortless. It doesn’t take long to process the scan and produce a report. While I appreciate the facts being offered, the downside is that the alternative suggestions are often expensive or not immediately available at the store I might be shopping at. I’ve worked around that problem by scanning other items until I find one that produces a better grade. It’s a bit time consuming but if you go through the effort once or twice, you’ll have a list of healthy options and since the app saves your history you’ll also have a grocery list for future visits.
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Fooducate‘s goal is to help millions of shoppers choose healthy, tasty, and affordable food, and to affect positive change on the food industry. Fooducate’s free mobile app and daily blog help people find better food at the supermarket. The company was founded by Hemi Weingarten, a tech entrepreneur, foodie, and father of three young children. For more information about Fooducate, please visit http://www.fooducate.com.