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The Fooducate iPhone App Review

In the inaugural entry in Clean Plate Charlie's semi-regular series of iPhone app reviews, Charlie weighed in on the fun-to-use but not entirely indispensable Perfect Egg Timer app. This week's review looks at the buzz-killing but necessary Fooducate, one of Apple's top-rated nutrition apps of 2011. (It's also available for the Android.) Details about the application -- and images -- after the jump. Know of an app that we should check out? If so, be sure to leave the recommendation in the comments section.

Fooducate
Developer: Fooducate LTD, which says it is "not funded or influenced by food manufacturers, supplement companies, diets, or any sort of magic pill" and claims to use a grading system developed by scientists, dietitians, and concerned parents. 
Price: Free for the basic version (reviewed here), or $3.99 for the ad-free Fooducate Plus. An allergy and gluten-free version also exists for $4.99. There's also a free diabetes nutrition version of the app. Download the apps here

Why it's worth it: As someone who consumes health and nutrition news on a near-daily basis and who scours nutrition and ingredient labels semi-religiously, I'll be the first to admit how easy it still is to fall for the effects of health halo marketing. Is that delicious KIND bar located in the GreenWise section of Publix? Does it use happy words like "antioxidants" and "whole"? Must be healthy! Into the cart it goes. But a simple scan of the product's barcode reveals that at three and a half teaspoons of sugars per serving (yikes) and a "tiny amount of real fruit" it earns a decidedly meh health grade of "C+". 

Point being, the app is the lazy man's way to determine whether a product's labeling is indicative of the actual nutritional value. Use it at the grocery store to make fast, better-informed shopping decisions. Or, use it at home to play Monday morning quarterback to your past shopping decisions and possibly dissuade yourself from choosing the sweet potato chips over a container of Greek yogurt for late-night snacktime.

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Tricia Woolfenden

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