Fooducate is an iPhone app that can help you make some quick product comparisons with just a scan of the UPC bar code. It only works on US products at the moment.
You have instant access to helpful nutritional information:
Grade: Each product is given a grade with A-B representing the better choices.
Calories: Lists the calories per serving
List of problem ingredients: If the item has a low grade it tells you why. For instance it might list:
- Contains trans-fats
- 2.5 tsp of sugar per serving
- Contains controversial artificial colors
It is able to identify problem items in the ingredient list that you might not be familiar with.
Beyond Nutritional Statistics
The thing I love most about this app is the ability to find better alternatives to this item. If you click the “alternatives” tab, a list of other choices and their grades allow you to do some comparison.
You can either scan a product bar code or manually enter in a food item.
I was shocked at the bad grade for items I thought were healthy snacks. It’s a real eye opener to discover what some manufacturers sneak into their products.
By the way, the app is FREE!! If you have an iPhone, you can find it at the iTunes app store.