How FoodSwitch Works

The many brand choices of packaged food can sometimes be overwhelming and are often filled with excessive amounts of salt, sugars and saturated fat. With FoodSwitch, healthier choices can be made easier.

FoodSwitch has a database of over 100,000 packaged food and drink products available in the UK. In three easy steps, you can see what is in the food you are eating and opt for healthier yet similar products, helping you to reduce excessively high levels of fat, salt and sugar in your family’s diet. 

Select

FoodSwitch comes with a handy SaltSwitch filter to help those with, or being treated for, high blood pressure.

If you are using SaltSwitch, the healthier choices listed must also have a lower amount of salt than the product scanned.

 

 

 

Scan

Scan barcodes of packaged foods with your smartphone camera to get easy-to-interpret nutritional information for more than 100,000 products, with colour-coded ratings for four key food components (total fat, saturates, sugars and salt).

 

Switch

When you scan a food product information will be displayed on a per serving basis. You'll also get a list of healthier choices you can switch to.

 

No matter which filter you're using, healthier choices are first identified by comparing the overall nutritional value of foods, taking into account a range of different factors important to general health including saturates, sugars, salt, energy, protein, fibre and fruit and vegetable content.  

 

Save & Support

- Save your healthy favourites on a shopping list ready to make the switch next time you shop

- Share the information with others 

- Help us improve the app by reporting any potential issues.

 

 

 

Our Top Tips for taking photos with your smartphone:

  • Focus! Centre on the text
  • Check that you can read it; if it’s too small or blurry it’s likely we won’t be able to!
  • Take pictures in natural light & avoid direct sunlight
 

     Take into account the following:                   

  • Is flash on? Does this reflect on the packaging?
  • Is the room very bright or very dark?
  • Is the packaging reflective? If it’s shiny & crinkly, it may need to be smoothed down
  • Does the camera move as you take the picture?

 

What do the colour ratings mean?

Each product on our database has been rated for 4 food components; total fat, saturated fat (saturates), sugars and salt

 

Indicates that a product contains low amounts of this nutrient. The more green circles, the healthier the choice
Indicates that a product contains medium amounts of this nutrient, so it's an OK choice most of the time
Indicates that a product contains high amounts of this nutrient, so enjoy this choice once in a while, or as a treat

 

For more information about FoodSwitch, and answers to commonly asked questions, check out our FAQ 

 

Try FoodSwitch today for better health now and in the future for you and your family!

 

 

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