Telephone for a healthier diet
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.