Smart phones are everywhere, and while they can be a distraction from us doing the type of cardiovascular activity we should be doing, sometimes they can be very helpful for us as well. This is the case for an app called Fooducate. I first learned about it from Jason Harley and often use it when I am trying to figure out how healthy a new food item really is. I have to admit, I don’t always agree with it (purely selfish reasons once you understand more about the app), but it is a well done app.
What is Fooducate?
Fooducate is an app with with a huge database of foods that you find in your local grocery store. It mostly relies on bar codes, but you can also type in the food that you are looking for as well (bananas, apples, etc…). It does a quick search and gives you a rating on the food. It will then list alternate types of foods similar to it as well as explain why it gave it the rating that it did.
How does Fooducate work?
Fooducate uses dietitians to screen the items and make sure the food choices you are analyzing are actually healthy for you. So they have a ratings system from A to F and will rate the item based on how good the item is for you. Now as we all know, what is healthy for you and what is not healthy for you can be very subjective. Often times what is healthy for you is not necessarily good for someone else. So you don’t necessarily have to just rely on the grading system. You can actually drill down and find out exactly why they gave your favorite food item a C+.
What does Fooducate grade?
Fooducate analyzes and grades on the following categories:
- Trans Fat
- Additives and Preservatives
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Food Colorings
- Serving Sizes