Published on February 24th, 2013 | by Mary Gerush7
Fooducate Helps You Know What You Eat
We live with information overload, but a few online sites dedicated to understanding nutritional value have proven their worth. Get to know Fooducate.
About Fooducate’s Nutritional Value Database
Fooducate is an online tool designed to help you eat and drink better by making the nutritional value of food products more easy to find and understand. Fooducate’s web site provides a searchable database of food and beverage items, graded based on an algorithm that analyzes ingredients, processing, and nutritional makeup. Want to know how your crackers stack up against the competition? A quick search returns a long list of packaged crackers by brand, with a Fooducate grade, calories per serving, ingredients, and nutritional information for each. Think Froot Loops are healthy because they’re “made with whole grain“? Fooducate gives them a D+, warning you about the cereal’s trans-fat and sugar content and pointing you to a petition to eliminate artificial colors.
Their information base is broad — encompassing packaged foods, meats, dairy, and produce. It also delivers the facts for many fast foods from chains like Starbucks, Wendy’s, and Chick-fil-A. Fooducate provides a wealth of knowledge about what you’re putting in your body in a simple online search.
Fooducate’s Mobile Apps Scan Bar Codes And Track Your Diet
The ability to easily find nutritional information on the Fooducate web site is awesome, but you can also take it with you on your iPhone or Android. You can:
- Download the Diet Tracker & Healthy Food Nutrition Scanner. With the basic app (which is free), you can browse for products or scan a product’s bar code to easily find out how healthy it is. You can also track the calories you eat and those you burn through exercise. For a few bucks, you can upgrade to Fooducate Plus and eliminate advertisements.
- Buy apps designed to help those with food allergies or diabetes make the best choices. The Allergy & Gluten Free Diet Tracker lets you select your allergies (gluten, lactose, peanut, and shellfish, among others). When you browse for food products, it alerts you to those you should avoid. The Diabetes Nutrition & Diet Tracker helps you watch your carb intake and find healthier alternatives to foods you eat.
I downloaded Fooducate a long time ago and then forgot about it – too many apps, too little time. Thanks to our sister site, Vibrant Wellness Journal, for reminding me about this great site and app. I’m heading to the grocery store this morning and will put it to work!
If you’ve used Fooducate or another great app to eat better food, share your opinions in the comments section below. Our readers will be grateful for your insight.