Thursday 5 July 2018

Trying to eat healthy? This app can be the nutritionist in your pocket!

Researchers have developed a novel app which can act as a nutritionist at the shopper's side in the grocery store. 

Aptly named "FoodSwitch", the app can help users scan a packaged food's barcode, quickly see its nutritional rating and identify similar foods that are healthier. 

"FoodSwitch is unique in that users don't have to hunt for healthier alternatives. They're all listed in the app," Mark Huffman, Associate Professor at Northwestern University in the US said in a statement released by the university. 

Unlike other nutrition apps, FoodSwitch also asks users to crowdsource information on new and changing foods within a country's food supply to update the app's 268,000-product database in real time. 

The app provides a simple "Health Star Rating" that scores each food between 0.5 stars of unhealthy to 5 stars of the healthiest. 

The scoring is based on a scientific algorithm that weighs the impact of different nutrients on health.

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