Taste of Health Francesca Ballicu | 11 months ago

The Health App You Need Now for Nutrition Facts at Your Fingertips

Scan a food item. View its overall health rating. Pick the better choice. All right at your fingertips!

Who says being healthy has to be hard? Life is complicated enough without needing to decipher a food label as though it’s some particularly annoying math problem. Enter the Healthy Living App from the Environmental Working Group. This FREE app interprets food labels for you – instantly. While many other health apps rate food products based strictly on nutrition, this one goes two steps further. Products are rated based on three elements:
  • Nutrition
  • Ingredient concerns
  • Degree of processing
These three scores are then compiled into an overall product score. The Environmental Working Group weighs nutrition most heavily, ingredient concerns next and degree of processing relatively lightly. The rating is based on a 1-to-10 scale, with 1 being the best and 10 being the worst.

More than 80,000 foods, 5,000 ingredients and 1,500 brands are rated.

So how does the app work? It’s easy! Simply scan a product using the bar code, view its rating and make your food choices accordingly. Here’s some background information on the Healthy Living app: It was created by the Environmental Working Group, an environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands and corporate accountability. Their goal with the Healthy Living app was to address this fundamental question: Do we know what we’re eating, really? There are so many claims on food labels, and ingredients no one can pronounce. The Environmental Working Group wanted shoppers to know exactly what they were putting into their bodies, and they wanted that information to be available anywhere, anytime. The Healthy Living app is available free for both iPhone and Android. Go to the App Store or Google Play on your smartphone to download. Do you wish you had a community to inspire you and support the choices you make to improve your family’s nutrition habits? Now you do. Join the conversation, or start your own, using #TasteOfHealth.