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Are You Fooducated?

by Sandy Todd Webster on Apr 19, 2012

Food for Thought

Last month we reported that according to the 2012 Nielsen report “Battle of the Bulge & Nutrition Labels: Healthy Eating Trends Around the World,” 59% of the world’s consumers have difficulty understanding nutrition labels on food packaging. Fifty-two percent say they partially understand the labels, and 7% don’t grasp them at all.

If you and your clients struggle with such issues, try the Fooducate app (the basic version is free; Fooducate Plus is $3.99). The app’s creators are a self-described team of “parents, dietitians and techies” who understand that you don’t have time to analyze every label of every item you pick up in the supermarket.

Use the app to

  • scan a product barcode;
  • see product highlights (good and bad);
  • compare products;
  • select better alternatives; and
  • learn more about food and nutrition.
The app works on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android OS versions 2.2 and up.

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About the Author

Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster IDEA Author/Presenter

Sandy Todd Webster is Editor in Chief of IDEA's publications, including the award-winning IDEA FITNESS JOURNAL and IDEA FOOD & NUTRITION TIPS, the industry's leading resources for fitness, wellness and nutrition professionals worldwide. Sandy joined IDEA in 2001 as executive editor of IDEA PERSONAL TRAINER and IDEA FITNESS MANAGER magazines and was promoted to lead the editorial team in 2003. More than 20 years in magazine publishing, marketing communications and creative services have shaped her straightforward approach to multi-channel communication. Early experience in Los Angeles as a sports writer/reporter, and then enriching years as a managing editor in allied health care publishing have pulled her across a spectrum of stimulating subject matter. Fitness, health and nutrition reside at the perfect center of this content continuum, she feels. A Chicago native, Sandy grew up fully engaged in various competitive sports. Her drive and dedication as an athlete translate to a disciplined work ethic and unwavering approach to challenge in her career. Shortly after graduating journalism school from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, she was recruited to L.A. for her first post in magazine publishing. After two decades of working on magazines--and now in the throes of applying the unbelieveable multi-media content delivery options available in the magazine 2.0 world--she is still "completely in love" with the creative process it takes to deliver meaningful, inspirational content to end users. She is an accomplished home cook and gardner who would love to combine those skills and passions with her health and fitness background to continue educating readers about a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.