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Fooducate Yourself

August 11, 2011

Have you heard of Fooducate?

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I recently discovered the Fooducate app for the iPhone, and it is such a great tool. (They also recently came out with an Android app).

The concept is simple. You use your phone at the grocery store to scan barcodes of food you are interested in buying (or just learning about). The app then locates the product, gives you the nutrition info, an overall “rating”, and comments about its ingredients and overall healthiness.

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One of the things I like best about the app is if you find a low scoring food, the app will suggest healthier alternatives to you. The only downside is that some of them seem to be hard to find brands not easily found in mainstream grocery stores or nationwide.

Also, the database can be user-updated by taking photos of product information and emailing it directly to Fooducate from the app.

Lastly, Fooducate also has a blog that dispenses advice for making healthier choices and asks hard questions about the current state of our food culture.

Fooducate’s slogan is “Eat a bit better”, and so far it is helping me do just that.

Would you use an app like Fooducate to help you shop? Why or why not?

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