Synopsis of the App: FoodSwitch helps users assess how “healthy” packaged foods are by simply scanning their barcodes.
Price and Platform: Free. Apple and Android.
RDN Score: 3/5
- Simple design that’s easy and fast to use.
- Filter results based on your need for general health or a focus on lower sodium.
- Scan packaged foods to discover easy-to-understand nutrition information.
- “The Switch” provides a list of healthier food choices you can swap in.
- Includes calories and kilojoules, fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt.
- Get a glimpse of how “healthy” a food is using the health star rating or traffic light labeling mode for more visual learners.
- Easily compare nutrition information for up to 10 products at once.
- Scanned products are ordered from most to least healthy.
- Create a list for easy future recall and reference.
- Swipe left to add foods to a shopping list.
- Includes a tutorial on how the app works, how to understand the traffic light label results and how to understand health star ratings.
- FoodSwitch is currently accepting suggestions for new foods by prompting users to share photos and other information on foods not found in the database.
- Many popular American brands are not included in the database.
- Healthier choices are not always comparable in function. For example, tapioca flour, polenta and unsweetened baking cocoa were listed as healthier options for a chocolate muffin mix.
Bottom Line: FoodSwitch is ideal for anyone seeking healthier packaged food options. However, for users in the U.S., an app with a more comprehensive database may be a better choice.