Packaged foods can be surprisingly high in salt, fat and sugar. Use FoodSwitch for healthy grocery shopping and make better food choices for you and your family.
FoodSwitch now comes with a new ‘’GlutenSwitch’’ feature to help you find out whether a food product contains gluten. It can also show you if gluten-free alternative products are available, listed in order of healthiness.
FoodSwitch also comes with a SaltSwitch feature to help people looking specifically to lower their salt intake.
So if you haven’t tried it already, download FoodSwitch to help you find out what’s in the food you’re eating, and make simple switches to the healthier choices listed by the app for better health now and in the future.
“As parents, we all want our kids to eat well. However, up until now, it hasn’t been easy to get help in a simple way that lets you make informed food choices for your family. The best part of the FoodSwitch app is that it takes the guesswork out of shopping by arming Australians with options for healthier products to purchase.”
- Nicole Livingstone, FoodSwitch ambassador, Olympian and mum
Scan barcodes of packaged foods with your smartphone or tablet camera to get easy-to-interpret nutritional information for more than 37,000 products, with traffic light-style colour-coded ratings for 4 key food components (total fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt).
Get a list of similar foods that are healthier choices. If you’re in GlutenSwitch mode, the app lists any gluten-free alternatives and orders them based on how healthy they are. If you’re in SaltSwitch mode, you get a list of lower-salt alternatives
Save your healthy favourites on a shopping list ready to make the switch next time you shop. Export your lists or share them with your friends via social media (eg Facebook, Twitter and email).
While it’s recommended everyone avoid a high salt diet, SaltSwitch is a great tool if you’re watching your intake more closely – especially if you’ve been diagnosed with or have a family history of high blood pressure, heart disease or kidney disease, and are trying to follow your doctors’ advice to eat a low-salt diet.
GlutenSwitch can tell you if packaged food products contain gluten, and help you find similar foods that are gluten-free. This can help you make better food choices for you or a loved one with Coeliac disease or gluten intolerance.
Please note that if you’re using a smartphone or tablet without a camera capable of auto-focus, FoodSwitch may not be compatible with this device. Without auto-focus, the pictures of the barcode will be blurry and FoodSwitch will be unable to identify the barcode. Users with iPhone 3G may find that scanning does not work in all conditions as the camera has a fixed-focus lens.
For more information about FoodSwitch, SaltSwitch mode, and answers to commonly asked questions, check out our FAQ.
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© The George Institute for Global Health Dec 2011. FoodSwitch provides nutritional information and healthier alternatives based on a scientific algorithm developed by The George Institute for Global Health and licensed to Bupa Australia Pty Ltd ABN 81 000 057 590 (“Bupa”). The information has been developed and reviewed by health professionals and to the best of their knowledge is current and based on reputable sources of evidence at the time of publishing.
Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the data, no warranty of this accuracy is provided. All users, especially those with special dietary requirements or food sensitivities, should assess the accuracy and relevance of this information for their personal circumstances. The information should be used as a guide only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice.
The George Institute and Bupa are not liable for any loss or damage you suffer arising out of the use of or reliance on the information, except that which cannot be excluded by law. We recommend that you consult your doctor or other qualified health professional if you have questions or concerns about your, or your family’s health.