What is FoodSwitch?
FoodSwitch is a smartphone app that allows you to scan the barcodes of packaged foods at the supermarket or at home, using the camera on your phone. FoodSwitch then presents you with immediate, easy-to-understand information about that product’s nutritional make-up. Using a colour-coded system (red, amber and green), it’s easy to see whether a food is less healthy, okay or a healthier option based on its total fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt content. You can also see a list of similar foods that are healthier choices.
FoodSwitch was first developed in Australia by The George Institute for Global Health and Bupa Australia. For more information about FoodSwitch Australia please visit: www.georgeinstitute.org.au/projects/foodswitch. The New Zealand version of FoodSwitch is a partnership between , The George Institute for Global Health and the National Institute for Health Innovation.
Why has the National Institute for Health Innovation introduced FoodSwitch?
The National Institute for Health Innovation wants to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives by making healthier food choices. Current food labels can often be difficult to read and understand. FoodSwitch can help New Zealanders by:
- providing easy-to-understand nutritional information about packaged foods
- providing information on healthier choices
How is FoodSwitch different to other apps?
FoodSwitch is an app that allows you to:
- scan the barcode of a food to learn how healthy it is
- switch to healthier food choices
- share information about healthier food choices with your friends.
How is FoodSwitch different to other ‘traffic light’ food apps?
FoodSwitch is quick and easy to use. It scans barcodes so you don’t need to manually enter the product details into your phone. It also gives you a list of similar foods that are healthier choices.
Is FoodSwitch available to anyone?
FoodSwitch is available to everyone and it's free too!
Find out more about FoodSwitch and how it works by watching our short video
Dr Helen Eyles from NIHI talks about FoodSwitch