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The Fitness Zone

January 28, 2015

FoodSwitch is a free app available for iPhone or iPad, powered by a database that includes thousands of packaged foods in Australia. Nicole Walker, Coach at the Australian Institute of Fitness, SA reviews the app.

Each food product is rated for important food components including total fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt. Each nutrient is rated red, amber or green: red being an unhealthy choice, amber an ok choice and green, a healthy choice.

When at item is scanned, the app will provide all of the nutrition information details including the rating for each of the food components. The app will also suggest a ‘healthier choice’ if there is an alternative. If the item is not found on the database, it will prompt you to take a photo of the product so that it can be added straight to the database.

For the average population, it is very convenient and easy to use, provided that you have an iPhone or iPad. Rating food products by the use of traffic lights is a simple way to make healthier choices when selecting packaged foods.

Where it has a disadvantage is that it only provides nutritional information for packaged food, excluding any fresh and unpackaged food products.

The app also includes SaltSwitch, which is targeted towards individuals with high blood pressure or others looking to reduce their salt content and GlutenSwitch, which helps to identify gluten free products.

Overall, I would rate this app a 4/5, as it is free, convenient, easy to understand and use.  

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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