FoodSwitch is a free app compatible with both the iPhone and Android devices. The app assists users make healthier food choices for themselves and their family in three easy steps:
1. Scan the barcode of a packaged food with your camera. The food product is rated using a traffic light system for important food components – total fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt. Red indicates a less good choice, amber indicates an OK choice and green indicates the best choice. The energy content of the food. All are listed per 100g.
2. The app will list similar food products that are healthier choices.
3. Make a shopping list that includes your favourite healthier food choices. Export your lists or share them with your friends via Facebook, Twitter and email.
The SaltSwitch mode can be selected, which rates foods solely on their salt content. This is particularly useful for individuals who need to eat a low-salt diet.
The app’s database includes more than 38,000 products available in Australia.