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A while back a friend showed me this really cool app called Fooducate.  For anyone in need of some nutrition wisdom, this is certainly a good way to go.

Fooducate lets shoppers scan a product bar code in the grocery store for an instant read on a food’s health value, represented by a letter grade from A to D. Once a food has been scanned and recognized, the app offers healthier alternatives or can compare two products side-by-side.”

-Roy Furchgott, The New York Times

It’s a free app, has a great website, and a pretty informative blog too. Like them on Facebook and you’ll learn all sorts of nutrition related things.

You can shake your phone and get random foods. I got Special K and it gets a grade of C+

Happy Trails and Happy Running,


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  1. EJD #

    We love that app! Nicole and Vinay showed us a few months ago and when we finally got iPhones… We downloaded it immediately!

    July 10, 2012
    • It is great and very informative. I love how it explains why things are good or bad. I love scanning random foods!

      July 11, 2012
  2. Glad you enjoyed the app 🙂
    -Rachel and the Fooducate Team

    July 11, 2012
    • It’s great! I spent 30 minutes scanning food at Target yesterday 🙂

      July 11, 2012
  3. I live in Costa Rica so I don’t think I can use it to scan the barcodes here. But I might test it out and see what happens. Maybe it will give me some random responses like the old, Crazy 8 Ball. Does anyone know if there is a specific nutritional “theory” that it uses to determine recommendations or scores? I ask, because as someone who follows a Paleo based diet, I wouldn’t want to get lots of high scoring recommendations for things like whole grains, or integral pasta, etc.

    July 11, 2012
    • Here is a blog post describing how the grade products:

      If you are sticking to a Paleo Diet, you’ll have to be cautious of their grading system. For example, I spent 30+ minutes the other day scanning food, and foods such as Kix cereal get an A-. Clearly Kix isn’t a food recommended for the Paleo Diet. In fact, probably most foods on the Paleo Diet, except for nuts and berries, you will not be able to scan because they are fruits, veggies, and meats. It’s still fun to play with the app though 🙂 You can learn a lot about different vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.

      July 12, 2012

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