The innovative FoodSwitch smartphone application is now the number one downloaded food scanning app in the Australian Appstore, a huge achievement for its George Institute creators.
The free app helps consumers find out what is in the food they are eating and suggests simple, alternative healthier choices.
FoodSwitch also has several filters designed to allow consumers to focus on their specific dietary requirements, including SaltSwitch, SugarSwitch and GlutenSwitch.
Bloomberg Business featured the achievement, highlighting the importance of addressing diet when looking at an individual’s health.
“Australians are now more aware of the negative repercussions of unhealthy eating, such as food-related disease and health conditions, which could have otherwise been prevented by making informed food choices. According to the 2011-12 Australian Bureau of Statistics Australian Health Survey, 63% of Australian adults are now overweight. That’s 2 out of every 3 people; with 25% of children also already considered obese.”
FoodSwitch is a free smartphone application launched by the Food Policy Group at The George Institute for Global Health, Australia, and developed in conjunction with Bupa and Buzinga App Development.
It is now available in Australia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. India, China, South Africa and USA are all launching over the next couple of months, with many more countries in the pipeline.
Source: George Institute