Eat This Not That

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Millions of Americans have tried a digital approach to nutrition — like the carb-counting Atkins app or Weight Watchers’ point system or the ever popular MyFitnessPal.

Northwestern Medicine has joined the mix with FoodSwitch, which dubs itself “a nutritionist whispering in your ear.” As you grocery shop, the app allows you to scan an item’s bar code, pull up nutrition facts such as saturated fat, sugar, sodium and energy, and get its health rating based on a five-star scale. Finally, FoodSwitch will suggest healthier alternatives from its database of more than 268,000 products.

 

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