food switch

FoodSwitch

Quick Overview

FREE android and iPhone app!

Packaged foods can be surprisingly high in salt, fat and sugar. FoodSwitch is a revolutionary new smartphone app that helps you make healthier food choices.

FoodSwitch can help you find out what’s in the food you’re eating, so you can make simple switches to healthier options. With FoodSwitch you can scan the barcode of packaged foods using your smartphone camera and receive immediate, easy to understand nutritional advice and a list of similar foods that are healthier choices.

How it works

In three easy steps, you can reduce excessively high levels of fat, salt and sugar in your family’s diet and even share shopping lists with friends via social media.

This app has been reviewed by Health Navigator.

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Health Professional Review

FREE iPhone and android app. FoodSwitch was first developed in Australia by The George Institute for Global Health and Bupa Australia.  For more information about FoodSwitch Australia please visit:www.georgeinstitute.org.au/projects/foodswitch. The New Zealand version of FoodSwitch is a partnership between the National Institute for Health Innovation, The George Institute for Global Health, and Bupa New Zealand.

The app has also been reviewed by Health Navigator, to read the review click here.

Version: 1.1.22 Data 29
Cost: Free
Platform: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android
Purpose: Healthy food swaps. Scan the barcode of a food label for suggested ‘healthier’ alternative foods/products presented via a red, amber, green colour-system for Fat, Saturated Fat, Sugars, Salt and Energy
Suitable for: All consumers wanting healthy food choices
Clinical safety: Low risk

Pros:
 Based on NZ foods, currently 8000 foods in database
 Uses Nutrient Profiling Scoring System from FSANZ to determine overall ‘healthiness’ of product
 Able to use without internet connectivity (once downloaded)
 Easy to identify health food choices

Cons:
 Lacks info / messages on portion sizes
 Occasionally misleading – A product with 4 red lights may get ‘healthier’ suggestion that also have 4 red lights
 User fatigue – no further encouragement to choose ‘healthier’ products like motivational messages or a points system

Dietitian recommendation: A useful and simple tool to assist with choosing healthier food options within a food type. However ,users must be aware that the lack of consideration of portion size of pre-packaged products may lead to inappropriate food choices. At times, the ‘healthier suggestions’ remain poor food choices.

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