Tele­phone for a health­ier diet

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Thanks to a revo­lu­tion­ary smart­phone app New Zealand con­sumers can re­duce ex­ces­sively high lev­els of fat, salt and sugar in their di­ets in three easy steps.

The ap­pli­ca­tion also al­lows users to share shop­ping lists with friends and will em­power New Zealand shop­pers to make health­ier food choices.

FoodSwitch al­lows peo­ple to scan the bar­code of pack­aged foods us­ing their smart­phone and re­ceive im­me­di­ate, easy to un­der­stand nu­tri­tional ad­vice and see health­ier choices.

The app was orig­i­nally de­vel­oped in Aus­tralia by The Ge­orge In­sti­tute for Global Health and tai­lored for New Zealand shop­pers by The Na­tional In­sti­tute for Health In­no­va­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of Auck­land.

In­sti­tute re­searcher and nu­tri­tion­ist Dr He­len Eyles says heart dis­ease, stroke, di­a­betes and other dis­eases largely caused by poor di­ets are the big­gest killers in New Zealand.

‘‘Choos­ing a health­ier diet has to be made eas­ier be­cause good eat­ing habits are one of the best and most cost- ef­fec­tive ways to pre­vent dis­ease,’’ she says.

As­so­ci­ate pro­fes­sor Cliona Ni Mhurchu says peo­ple have been be­wil­dered by con­fus­ing food la­bels for too long.

FoodSwitch is avail­able on iOS and An­droid smart­phones, and can be down­loaded for free on the New Zealand Ap­ple iTunes and Google Play stores or via the app store on their de­vice.

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