FoodSwitch

FoodSwitch


Packaged foods are often surprisingly high in salt, saturated fat, added sugar and kilojoules. So use FoodSwitch to see what’s in the food you’re eating, and to help you make healthier choices for you and your family.

FoodSwitch comes with handy filters to suit different health needs:
- FoodSwitch Classic is for anyone looking to make generally healthier food choices
- SaltSwitch has been designed to help people lower their salt intake
- GlutenSwitch helps people living with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance as it also identifies if a packaged food contains gluten
- FatSwitch has been designed to help people lower their saturated fat intake and is great for people with or being treated for high cholesterol
- EnergySwitch can help people choose foods with lower energy (kilojoules) to help manage their energy needs
- SugarSwitch helps people choose healthier foods with less sugar to help lower total sugar intake.

You can now also view the nutrition information using two modes:
- Traffic light labels – uses colour-coded ratings tell you if a product is low (green), medium (amber) or high (red) for four key food components (salt, sugar, fat and saturated fat).
- Health Star Ratings – gives an idea of how healthy a product is overall from 0.5 to 5 stars; the higher the star rating, the healthier the food.

Features:
- Get immediate, easy-to-understand nutritional information from a large, independent, Australian packaged food products database
- Get a list of similar foods to the item you scanned and switch to healthier choices where available
- Save your healthy favourites on personalised shopping lists.
- Export your lists of healthier choices or share them with friends and family

FoodSwitch has been developed by Bupa and The George Institute for Global Health to help Australians make healthier food choices.

For more information about FoodSwitch and answers to commonly asked questions, visit www.bupa.com.au/foodswitch.

Disclaimer
© The George Institute for Global Health 2015. FoodSwitch provides nutritional information and healthier alternatives based on a scientific algorithm developed by The George Institute for Global Health and licensed to Bupa Australia Pty Ltd ABN 81 000 057 590 (“Bupa”). The information has been developed and reviewed by health professionals and to the best of their knowledge is current and based on reputable sources of evidence at the time of publishing. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the data, no warranty of this accuracy is provided. All users, especially those with special dietary requirements or food sensitivities, should assess the accuracy and relevance of this information for their personal circumstances. The information should be used as a guide only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice. The George Institute and Bupa are not liable for any loss or damage you suffer arising out of the use of or reliance on the information, except that which cannot be excluded by law. We recommend that you consult your doctor or other qualified health professional if you have questions or concerns about you, or your family’s health.

Recent changes:
- 3 new filters: FatSwitch, EnergySwitch and SugarSwitch
- View nutritional information using the NEW Health Star Rating viewing mode as well as the original Traffic Light Label mode
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About FoodSwitch
Packaged foods are often surprisingly high in salt, saturated fat, added sugar and kilojoules. So use FoodSwitch to see what’s in the food you’re eating, and to help you make healthier choices for you and your family.

FoodSwitch comes with handy filters to suit different health needs:
- FoodSwitch Classic is for anyone looking to make generally healthier food choices
- SaltSwitch has been designed to help people lower their salt intake
- GlutenSwitch helps people living with coeliac disease or gluten intolerance as it also identifies if a packaged food contains gluten
- FatSwitch has been designed to help people lower their saturated fat intake and is great for people with or being treated for high cholesterol
- EnergySwitch can help people choose foods with lower energy (kilojoules) to help manage their energy needs
- SugarSwitch helps people choose healthier foods with less sugar to help lower total sugar intake.

You can now also view the nutrition information using two modes:
- Traffic light labels – uses colour-coded ratings tell you if a product is low (green), medium (amber) or high (red) for four key food components (salt, sugar, fat and saturated fat).
- Health Star Ratings – gives an idea of how healthy a product is overall from 0.5 to 5 stars; the higher the star rating, the healthier the food.

Features:
- Get immediate, easy-to-understand nutritional information from a large, independent, Australian packaged food products database
- Get a list of similar foods to the item you scanned and switch to healthier choices where available
- Save your healthy favourites on personalised shopping lists.
- Export your lists of healthier choices or share them with friends and family

FoodSwitch has been developed by Bupa and The George Institute for Global Health to help Australians make healthier food choices.

For more information about FoodSwitch and answers to commonly asked questions, visit www.bupa.com.au/foodswitch.

Disclaimer
© The George Institute for Global Health 2015. FoodSwitch provides nutritional information and healthier alternatives based on a scientific algorithm developed by The George Institute for Global Health and licensed to Bupa Australia Pty Ltd ABN 81 000 057 590 (“Bupa”). The information has been developed and reviewed by health professionals and to the best of their knowledge is current and based on reputable sources of evidence at the time of publishing. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the data, no warranty of this accuracy is provided. All users, especially those with special dietary requirements or food sensitivities, should assess the accuracy and relevance of this information for their personal circumstances. The information should be used as a guide only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice. The George Institute and Bupa are not liable for any loss or damage you suffer arising out of the use of or reliance on the information, except that which cannot be excluded by law. We recommend that you consult your doctor or other qualified health professional if you have questions or concerns about you, or your family’s health.

Recent changes:
- 3 new filters: FatSwitch, EnergySwitch and SugarSwitch
- View nutritional information using the NEW Health Star Rating viewing mode as well as the original Traffic Light Label mode

Android Market Comments
A Google User
Jun 29, 2015
Used to be great... This is my first app review on the Play Store ever. I use this app religiously but now when I scan any barcode it just freezes and shuts down. Please fix asap, this is disappointing ! I'm using a One Plus One btw
A Google User
Jun 19, 2015
On my galaxy s6 edge, it repeadly "stops working &won't do the updates".
A Google User
Jun 17, 2015
Okay Suggest that those who are complaining that things don't work on their phone contact their phone manufacturer.
A Google User
Jun 11, 2015
Great app!
A Google User
Jun 5, 2015
Okay for sugar / fats / salt, but missing fibre There really needs to be a fibre content comparison too for products, as endless studies have shown how important fibre content is for multiple health conditions (and also the opposite - some people need to monitor fibre content for other health conditions just like with salt, sugar and fats). For example some products with higher fat contents are due to a high amount of nuts or seeds which are extremely high in fibre and full of good fats, so a fibre rating would allow consumers to balance the products.
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