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April 5, 2012

Fooducate – Nutrition Education While You Shop

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Fooducate - Nutrition Education While You Shop
photo courtesy of USDA.gov

I think…err believe that I eat healthy, as do most of us.  And as do most, there is the occasion to underestimate just how much we eat. So, it stands to reason that there is a vast underestimation of how healthy we eat as well.

Until…

FOODUCATE!

 

Fooducate is an application designed to ease your grocery shopping experience.  With a quick scan of a product’s barcode, you get an overall nutrition grade along with product details. Even if you don’t have an iPhone or Android system, their website and service is worth checking out.  Think those organic bunny fruit snacks are healthy? Well on the Fooducate grading system, they earn a C.

Okay so you get a grade, what’s that tell me?  You also receive informative product details, such as why fruit snacks in general earn only a C, and alternative snacks to try — all on your smart phone!

I use Fooducate whenever I’m at the grocery store.  It either confirms what I already know or shocks me, like a certain beloved protein bar.  Plus when someone asks what I’m doing, I have the chance to show them the app and tell them why it’s worth the price of FREE! If you are more for the ad-free version, then there is a plus version available as well.

Drawbacks?  
Yes, you will find items are incomplete or not yet in their database. However, they are few and with three photos you can easily email them to be added to the database. Also, only fruits and vegetables that have a barcode are in the database, like the Fresh Express bags of spinach for example.

I have quite a few apps on my phone for health and wellness. Some are hardly used and some are always used.  Fooducate is one that is always used, and – it’s fun!

When is nutrition fun?   With this app it is and it’s a good first step towards healthier eating!

Go ahead give it a try: http://www.fooducate.com/

I do not get paid to give reviews. All views and opinions expressed are solely my own. I only share reviews on products or services I believe will aid in healthier choices.

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One thought on “Fooducate – Nutrition Education While You Shop

  1. This question came to us from one of our readers: “How can Ice berg lettuce rate an A on Fooducate when there is no nutritional value at all. I’m confused. Are the letters just popularity, and are they to be
    ignored if you’re only interested in the health and calorie measures?”

    Thank you for your email. I understand the confusion and agree that the system could use a better subcategory rating for like products.

    For instance, out of the lettuce category Iceberg would be on the lower end of the grading scale when compared to other lettuces. Iceberg is not completely devoid of nutrients, it is just the lowest of the lettuces to provide Vitamin C, Calcium, Zinc, etc.

    Looking at Fooducate’s product details for iceberg, it seems to be the Vitamin C and the fact that it is a raw, fresh vegetable that earns the A rating. I wouldn’t ignore the rating completely as I think it does provide value for anyone trying to eat less processed foods.

    This was a great question – Thank you!

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