If you often find yourself at the grocery store trying to make sense of the food labels and deciding whether or not something is good for you, then check out this iPhone application. It uses the phone's camera to scan in the UPC barcode and then gives you information about the product.
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has ads that run along the
bottom of the screen
First of all I shook my phone to look at a random product. Up popped Pineapple Caffeine-Free Shasta. Needless to say it got a 'D' grade for containing 13 teaspoons of sugar, controversial artificial colors, and high fructose corn syrup.
Next I scanned in my breakfast cereal - Kashi Go Lean. This was much better! It scored an A- for containing 40% of the daily fiber requirement, just 1.5 teaspoons of sugar, and only 140 calories a serving. It even gave a warning on the fiber: "Proceed slowly...consuming too much, too fast may cause bloating."
I have the free version on my iphone, but there is a version without ads for $3.99. I really don't think the ads are that intrusive so I will probably stick with the free one. This is a nifty little app that is rated 5 stars in the App Store.
This is a much simpler app and is designed for people following the WeightWatchers program. Once again you scan the bar code on a product and it calculates the number of points per serving. It gives you the points to one decimal place, so it is necessary to round up or down, but it does give the serving size, so is very helpful.
Overall though, very useful and super easy to use. Saves opening my WW app and typing in grams of fat, protein, carbs, etc., or pulling out my WW calculator.
This application is also free.