I don’t have an iPhone, but the world of apps fascinates me nonetheless. I’m slowly accruing a personal list of apps that I’ll get someday when it makes sense for me to have an iPhone. As of now, since iPhone requires you to go through AT&T’s service and there’s no coverage where I live, no iPhone for me.
Hear that Apple? Maybe you want to reconsider your monogamous relationship with AT&T? Or, maybe AT&T should improve their network? Either way, I digress.
For those of you who do have iPhones, I offer you this list of apps that will help you eat healthier. Let me know how it works out for you – and what apps you’d recommend!
Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen application gives you a handy guide to the fruits and vegetables with the most and least pesticide residue. When your budget is tight or organic’s not available, you can use the “Clean 15” and “Dirty Dozen” lists to determine which conventionally-grown produce items have the highest and lowest amounts of pesticides. Or check out the full list of 49 fruits and veggies to see how dirty (or clean) that spinach or grapefruit or whatever you’re buying is.
The official Seafood Watch recommendations help you make sustainable seafood choices quickly and easily—whether you’re eating at your favorite restaurant or sushi joint, or shopping at your local market. And at a time when the world’s oceans are severely overfished, your seafood choices make a big difference. The non-profit Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program is the most recognized and trusted resource for sustainable seafood recommendations.
IQ Advanced of San Diego, CA is announcing the release of iScan My Food—an iPhone app developed for scanning food ingredients and containing information on harmful food additives, toxic ingredients in food and genetically modified foods. The app allows the consumers to scan the ingredients on packaging and track food additives in the food and beverages purchased every day at the supermarket. The app also helps find harmful ingredients in baby foods, cosmetics and pet food, including dog food, cat food, and animal feed for farm animals: horses, cows, cattle, pigs, poultry. iScan My Food offers information on genetically modified foods (GMOs), their derivatives and enzymes widely spread in the food supply: maltodextrin, soy lecitin, high fructose corn syrup, and others.
Today’s food labels are of no use if you are not able to understand them. Although not all inclusive, Don’t Eat That provides you with useful information on over 1500 food additives and ingredients, allowing you to make a more informed decision about what you eat. This is a must for every food shopping trip.
The GoodGuide app helps you find safe, healthy, and sustainable products while you shop. With this update, simply scan the barcode of the product and immediately see detailed ratings for health, environment and social responsibility for more than 65,000 products and companies. GoodGuide provides this information about personal care, household chemical, toy and food products for free on your iPhone / iPod Touch and is adding thousands of products every month. By making information about consumer products transparent, GoodGuide’s goal is to help people shop smarter and motivate companies to offer even better products.
Looking for healthy and delicious food? Search Whole Foods Market Recipes for recipes featuring the finest natural and organic foods. You can search recipes by ingredients and dietary preferences such as gluten-free, low fat, and vegetarian/vegan. Every Whole Foods Market recipe includes nutritional information and cooking instructions. Also, just click on the Add to List button at the bottom of each recipe and items will be added automatically to a grocery shopping list, including quantities so you don’t buy too much. You can also add items by hand, edit, rearrange, and send lists via email.
Eating local food when it’s in season is an increasingly popular goal amongst people who are interested in eating the tastiest, healthiest food while also being good to the environment. Knowing what’s available in your area at a given time of year is often difficult to determine, so we’ve taken on the task of collecting data from a variety of sources and presenting it all in the most understandable of ways. The Locavore iPhone app will come in handy next time you’re at the market and want to know what’s actually being grown near you, and what is most likely to taste the best right now.
Celebrity Chef Bryan Au brings his world famous delicious gourmet and easy raw organic recipes to the iPhone! The Eco Chef App includes over 100 unique recipes with even more videos and recipes being added each and every week. Many totally new never before seen recipes were invented and created by Chef Bryan exclusively for this special must-have Eco Chef App. The recipes are all modeled to look and taste just like all of your favorite junk foods, comfort foods and fast foods, but now are all natural, organic and truly are the most delicious and healthy possible while being good for you and the planet.
Vegetarian Scanner is a one of kind app that will scan ingredient labels of food products and automatically tell you the Vegetarian statuses of the food additives contained in the product. Vegetarian Scanner takes a photo of the ingredients label on a product, recognizes the food additive numbers using text recognition technology and checks the additives in our Vegetarian database to determine whether or not they are Vegetarian. Vegetarian Scanner also lets you browse through and search our database of food additives when you need to look up additives in a hurry or if you are using an iPod Touch, iPhone 2G or 3G.
Disclaimer – Since I don’t have an iPhone, I haven’t tried any of these and can’t vouch for usability. Healthy Child has not vetted all of the recommendations made by these apps and is not liable for misinformation.
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