I thought I cared about the food I ate before I had a baby. Growing up in Northern California and Southern Oregon, you could find alternative grocery stores, similar to what Whole Foods is now, far more easily than a big name grocer. But after becoming a parent, I quickly realized I was very liberal about what I put into my own body. While my body is fully developed and grown, Baby Zog’s (we may have to upgrade him to Toddler Zog) is not. Each bite of food, and any additives included have far more impact on his little body, than they do on my adult one.
This is why I love the Fooducate app (available for iOS and Android). It takes the nutritional information associated with different whole foods and processed foods and dumbs it down for the rest of us. Scan whatever food you’re interested in and the app will provide you with a letter grade, calories per serving, and other important points like sugar per serving, controversial additives, and even a FoodPoint value for dieters.
If you’ve ever felt intimated about all of the different dietary information out there, Fooducate will be your new best friend. Whether you use it for yourself or for your children, you can feel more confident in your everyday choices, and then look the other way when you have a brief need for a Snickers bar.
Alison J. Herzog is an eater, shopper, traveler, and most of all, a proud mama to Baby Zog. She pays for these by working as a social media strategist. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram or at In The Land Of Zog and catch ramblings about all of the above.