I got a new phone recently, and one of the first things I did was search for new healthy lifestyle apps.
Hands down, the best one I've found so far is Fooducate. It's available for iPhone and Android, and it was free when I downloaded it – and I think it's still free.
Basically, it sums up the nutritional info for you quickly with a grade, and then it tells you why it received that grade. All you have to do is use your phone to scan the bar code and, voila, up pops the information.
What you learn may surprise you.
For example, Greek yogurt is a favorite for me, and lately I've really loved Yoplait's 100 calorie fruity Greek yogurt. But according to Fooducate, while it's lower in calories and sugar than other kinds, it's highly processed, and that's not always good for you, either.
It pays to scan even the foods you think are "healthy" – many of them contain controversial additives, yucky dyes and other things you do not want to consume.
One of my favorite reviews was, actually, for Oreos, which scored a B-. The app warns against the bad factors, like the high sugar content, the high fructose corn syrup, etc. So why does it score a B-? Basically, as the app says, "You could do a lot worse." The app suggests keeping to the serving size – three cookies – for a once-in-a-while treat.
It's the nice doses of common sense that make Fooducate worth your time.
I also downloaded LoseIt!, which will track my food and exercise. I was using MyFitnessPal but decided I was ready for a change. I haven't used LoseIt! much yet but I'll let y'all know how I like it too.
What healthy living apps do you use?