30 Day Eat Less Processed Foods Challenge: Get Educated!

If knowledge is power, then knowledge about what’s in your food is health!

If you have ever taken the time to read ingredients lists on some of your favorite foods (especially snack foods), you have probably noticed that you cannot pronounce some of the ingredients.  And the list might be so long you fall asleep in the middle of reading it!

I try to provide healthy foods for my family, but I’m still a little disturbed by some of the ingredients lists in our pantry.

I’m not going to get super extreme about it, but I am determined to find some healthier replacements for some foods.

One way to get educated about foods is to use some of the incredible new technology available!

Here is an example of an app I found (available for both iphones and android phones) that I am loving so far: Fooducate!

(see bottom right corner and try to ignore how many unread emails I have!)

fooducate app The amazing thing about this app is that you can scan a product (or search for it) and it will provide a lot of information about what’s actually in it:

fooducate scanner Here’s an example using Lance crackers!  Notice it gives a rating (score) and some basic warnings regarding ingredients.  You can also click on the warnings for more detail.

fooducate crackers The great thing is you can see healthier options!  You could even do this right there in the grocery store!

fooducate options Here is an example of a very healthy food with a high rating:

fooducate almonds

From a dietitian standpoint, the information that I saw seemed pretty solid.  I was happy to read that the Fooducate app was developed by dietitians, making it more trustworthy.

You can read more about the app here!

{Linking up to Life Made Lovely}

I’ll share more helpful websites and apps as I find others that help us live a healthier lifestyle!

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4 Responses to 30 Day Eat Less Processed Foods Challenge: Get Educated!

  1. Lisa Matthews January 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    Awesome app, Christen! I downloaded it on my phone and have been scanning things in the kitchen. There is a wealth of nutrition information there — very interesting. This could be fun to use at the grocery store.

    • Christen January 4, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

      Glad you like it!! I haven’t used it at the grocery store yet but I am going to try it out next time…it’s really fun to use!

  2. Nicole January 5, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    Thanks for sharing!! That’s an awesome app and will fit nicely with my goals of trying to prepare healthier foods for my family and myself.

    • Christen January 5, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

      Glad you like it! I think it’s very helpful, especially with giving ideas of healthier replacements.

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