Turn your iPhone into your mother and learn what's safe to eat at the supermarket

Turn your iPhone into your mother and learn what's safe to eat at the supermarket

Summary: There's a difference between a truly healthy food and something you know can't be all that good. For example, there's no way glow-in-the-dark yogurt is a good idea.

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TOPICS: iPhone, Mobility
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Not all of us are willing (or able) to eat healthy food all the time. On the other hand, there's a difference between a truly healthy food and something you truly, honestly know can't be all that good.

For example, there's no way glow-in-the-dark yogurt is a good idea. None, whatsoever.

See also: Another reason to eat those leafy greens

On the other hand, there are a lot of foods that seem good for you, but are actually worse than their more fun counterparts. Many prepared, so-called "healthy" dinners are so full of sodium, they could single-handedly put you on blood pressure meds.

The same is true of cereal. Some whole grain, boring, packaged cereal contains more sugar and junk than Fruit Loops. Amazing.

So what do you do? How can you tell what's safe and what's not?

Everyone's favorite blogging gadfly, Robert Scoble, may have an answer. In the following video, he interviews Fooducate founder Hemi Weingarten, who showcases his iPhone app for finding healthy (and more important, perhaps, rooting out unhealthy) food at the supermarket.

Be forewarned. The interview is interesting, but there are some bad words. So if you're afraid of bad food, watch the video. If you're more afraid of bad words, don't.

I haven't tested Fooducate yet. Stay tuned. I'll be taking it out for a test and report back sometime in the future. Right now, though, I'm hungry.

What do you eat? Is it safe? TalkBack below.

Topics: iPhone, Mobility

About

Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse, the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.


Nothing in this article is meant to be a substitute for medical advice, and shouldn't be considered as such. If you are in need of medical help, please see your doctor.

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  • RE: Turn your iPhone into your mother and learn what's safe to eat at the supermarket

    Now they say salt might not be all that bad for you. I think it depends on the person. Anyway, maybe you should take the advice with a grain of salt <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/wink.gif" alt="wink">
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  • RE: Turn your iPhone into your mother and learn what's safe to eat at the supermarket

    I greatly appreciate your article regarding this app. With all the differing information floating around, I find it easy to miss the really critical facts, such as trans-fat. With this app, I found half my food intake had traces of trans-fat that added up quickly.
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  • RE: Turn your iPhone into your mother and learn what's safe to eat at the supermarket

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