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Packaged foods can be surprisingly high in salt, fat and sugars. Use FoodSwitch for healthy grocery shopping and make better food choices for you and your family.

Take three simple steps to better health by reducing high levels of fat, salt and sugars in you and your family’s diet.
1. Scan barcodes of packaged foods with your camera and see what’s in the food you’re eating.
2. See similar foods that are healthier based on established nutrition criteria.
3. Share your healthier food choices with your friends via Facebook, Twitter or email.

FoodSwitch comes with handy filters to suit different health needs:
- FoodSwitch Classic is for anyone looking to make generally healthier food choices.
- SaltSwitch has been designed to help people lower their salt intake and is great for people with, or being treated for, high blood pressure.
- GlutenSwitch is great for people with coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance who are looking for gluten-free products.

Immediate, easy-to-understand nutritional information from a large, independent, NZ packaged food products database.
Simple colour-coded ratings for 4 key food components (total fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt).
Get a list of healthier choices for the food you scan and switch to healthier choices where available.
Save your healthy favourites on personalised shopping lists.
Export your lists of healthier choices or share them with friends and family.

FoodSwitch was first developed in Australia by The George Institute for Global Health Australia. The NZ version of FoodSwitch is a partnership between The National Institute for Health Innovation, The George Institute for Global Health and Bupa New Zealand.

Download the app today and find out for yourself why key health organisations like FoodSwitch!

For more information about FoodSwitch and answers to commonly asked questions, visit http://www.georgeinstitute.org/projects/foodswitch

What's New

Version 2.2

Product database update
Minor enhancements

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5

17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Innovative app with little flaw


The layout of the app is excellent and the idea is innovative and takes the pain away from looking for healthier alternatives in your pantry. The barcode scanner camera is easy to use-you don't even need to press a button because it automatically picks up the barcode!A great idea to ask users to take pictures of the products they don't already have on the database of this app. The only improvement would be to get more products on the database and also to have more info about the nutrients/carbs/protien etc. when you look up a product.

Great - look forward to seeing the range increase


This is great, I just downloaded it and checked out everything in the pantry! It found all my items packaged in cardboard but not tins or plastic bottles. I hope the database keeps expanding to include these. Will certainly be using it the next time I go to the supermarket to save time reading the backs of packs.

Helpful app for sure


App helps in making healthy buying decisions; yet someyimes da taste prevails.... ;-) maybe an idea for future upgrade? To add user definable taste rating?
It will only gets better as database grows. Users should help with that and critisizing current database size and then not adding to it is hypocritical.
Good work team!


The George Institute for Global Health
37.4 MB
Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© The George Institute for Global Health


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