Yes, you read that right.
I am using my phone to help me make better choices at the grocery store.
It is like having my own personal nutritionist in my back pocket. Gotta love that.
I'm talking about the Fooducate App for iPhone and Android.
This is a resource of nutritional information that has been garnered via scientists and nutritionists on a wide variety of packaged foods and then each item has been given a letter grade.
It is so easy to use and the very best part is that it is FREE!
The concept is simple. You scan the bar-code, receive a nutritional grade for the product, and if you don't like that grade you are offered a list of healthier options.
After downloading, open the app and you will be greeted with this screen.
You will be asked some basic marketing information questions about your gender, age, and weight. Then you will be questioned about any particular health concerns. Answering these questions will help Fooducate to customize the best food choices for you personally.
After these preliminaries you will have a home screen that looks like this.
From this screen you can either browse for foods by name or brand or gain information on a particular item by scanning the UPC bar-code.
To scan you just tap the scan image and then hold the phone over the bar-code of the food item. You don't even have to have the bar-code perfectly centered.
I was amazed by how quickly this app works. Within seconds a new screen would open up with a stock image of the item I was scanning along with a corresponding grade and alerts to possible concerns with the product.
I found this example on the internet.
Tap the healthier options tab in the bottom right corner
and an extentisve list of smarter, healthier choices will appear.
How great is that? I love technology. I felt so geek chic, oh okay, maybe nerd bird going through the grocery store. My first time through I was scanning everything like it was my job. I think it took me two hours to get through the store.
There were a few items that I was interested in that were not in the Fooducate library but when that happens you will be prompted to send a picture of the product and an image of the ingredients and nutritional information. Because you set up an account when you first registered for the app, Fooducate will send you information on the item and add it to their extensive and growing registry of products.
As I was looking for some images to help with my post I found that there is now a Fooducate App for diabetics too. That would have to be so helpful.
Way to go Fooducate. With your help and my iPhone I may be able to reach that goal weight yet.