I’m here with a long awaited app review especially for you. Have you heard about Fooducate yet? If not, let me give you the skinny so you can see whether you want to add it to your app collection. This app was recommended to me by a friend via Facebook and I am thankful for it because this app is clutch.
PROS: Fooducate allows you to track your diet, calorie intake and calories burned from exercise. Also, you can automatically scan a product barcode, search for products, or browse by categories and see a food’s nutrition grade (A, B, C, or D). You can learn about the products pros and cons in simplified ways. Plus, you can also add your own foods to track, create a healthy shopping list, and submit new products for analysis (this is a great feature, and I’ve used it a couple of times and I’ve gotten feedback rather quickly).
I’m loving Fooducate because it has opened my eyes about the content of the food that I consume. This app is always at the ready when I’m at the grocery store. I’ve been pleased with the grades many of the foods I consume get and saddened by the times that certain foods I like are put on blast by their grades. For example, when I was shopping to make a healthy pita pizza, I scanned a brand of turkey pepperoni and learned that it contained nitrites/nitrates (a food preservative that has been linked to cancer in young children and pregnant women). It also had the additive called BHT which has been shown to be carcinogenic in certain studies. No wonder why it didn’t quite make the grade (it got a C). I would’ve never known these details if it wasn’t for Fooducate. I’ve been trying to eat foods that receive A’s and B’s and I feel healthier this way.
CONS: Sometimes the scanner takes a while to pick up the bar code and that can be annoying, especially when you’re standing in a grocery aisle holding a food item up to your phone and feeling rather silly. Also, there are certain details that you cannot access without upgrading a.k.a paying some money. I cannot track my protein, carbohydrate, fat, saturated fat, fiber or sodium intake.
There you have it! If you want to up your food knowledge, this is definitely a great option. Also, I haven’t even used this app to its full potential in terms of tracking my food, exercise etcetera because I use Lose It! for my meal tracking. Fooducate has been an added bonus for me. Hope this review helps!