Free App Allows You to Take a Virtual Dietician to the Supermarket

Confused by all the nutrition claims shouting to you from the shelves? Check out Fooducate, a free app that makes shopping at the supermarket easier than ever.


Are you feeling lost in the forest of trendy "healthy" products sprouting from your local supermarket shelves? It seems like every cereal box promises healthy whole grains, and all TV dinners claim to include organic ingredients. When everything promises to be healthy, it's difficult to determine what you're really getting.

Fooducate, a new app for the iPhone and Android, was created to clear up the confusion surrounding ingredient lists, nutrition labels, health claims and marketing hype. Now you don't have to spend 15 minutes in the granola bar aisle trying to pick a snack. Simply scan the barcode (or search the product), and Fooducate will give you a letter grade for your selection along with its nutritional highlights and lowlights.

Wavering between two similar products? Use the compare option to determine the better choice. If an item you select ranks too low, Fooducate will offer several healthier alternatives in the same category. According to Fooducate, the whole app experience was created to make you feel "like taking your own personal dietitian to the supermarket."

Download Fooducate for free from the App Store and Android Market. Or, choose Fooducate Plus, with no advertisements, for $1.99. Stay tuned to STACK for more nutrition news you can use.

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