FoodSwitch (Version 1.3)

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

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

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Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, is based in Atlanta and specializes in culinary nutrition, communications and consulting. She blogs at marisamoore.com. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.