General Article FoodSwitch is an addictive app to help find healthier food

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Working out what are the healthiest options in the supermarket can be a difficult job, especially when food labels are often designed to trick you into thinking they’re healthier than they are. We asked one academic to road-test a new app that claims to help you clear up some of that confusion. 

Monday morning and here I am reaching my hand to a bowl full of my favourite granola. But wait, I have just downloaded this new app on my phone that helps me make healthier food choices by comparing the food labels of the foods I choose, versus alternatives with lower fat, saturated fat and salt content.

FoodSwitch is a free app that gives you advice to help you make healthier choices at your fingertips. The steps look easy: pick the product in the supermarket, scan the barcode, and receive a list of similar products that are lower in fat, saturated fat, and/or salt, et voila. It is then up to if you would like to share your options with relatives or friends who might be shopping for you o...

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