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Monday, November 7th, 2011

Understanding Food Labels

Monday, November 7th, 2011

Fooducate

Have you heard of it? In my opinion, it’s one of THE BEST educational tools for nutrition education. Ever been at the grocery store struggling to try and figure out which products are the best? It can be completely confusing and overwhelming…until now. Behold, the Fooducate App for smart phones.

 

The (FREE!!) Fooducate App allows you to scan the barcode of any product and see what’s really in the ingredient label. It rates the product A, B, C, D, F based on how “clean” the product is (ie. how many preservatives/additives/questionable ingredients there are). This way you can determine if the food you are getting is actually food or a bunch of waste that’s just going to end up on your butt & thighs!

 

 

Fooducate also helps you learn what ingredients to look for and which ones to stear clear of. Have you seen the list of hidden sources of MSG? It’s filled with very common food ingredients, some of which I thought were ok, like citric acid and carrageenan that actually do contain Processed Free Glutamic Acid. “The terms “MSG” and “Processed Free Glutamic Acid” can be used interchangeably because they’re essentially and functionally equivilant. Sodium has no function in MSG other than to turn it into the salt form commonly known as monosodium glutamate. The only way a smart consumer can avoid it is by knowing the list of ingredients that contain or result in MSG.” – NaturalNews.com <– be sure to read this article!!

The Fooducate App also provides information on healthier alternatives. Be sure to scan all your labels because different flavors of the same brand or product can have vastly different ingredient sources! This is a great tool to use with your kids too. Give them your iPhone and let them go crazy scanning the items in your pantry or at the grocery store. Then they can learn about food ingredients in a fun and interactive way. This allows them to feel empowered to make their own food choices instead of just being told what to eat by mom or dad!

Download the free Fooducate App today and start scanning! You may be very surprised at what you find!

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