Free app of­fers healthy op­tions

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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 users 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 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.

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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