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The FoodSwitch mobile App empowers consumers to make better food choices by providing simple health information on a scanned product and suggesting healthier alternatives to ‘switch’ to. The App also asks consumers to help-out by crowd-sourced images on new products.


FoodSwitch Kuwait –  [Android]  [iOS]


In addition to the App, our food database holds a food information bank that is integrated within the GeoHealth Laboratory infrastructure. It offers a comprehensive nutritional profiling system for food products in Kuwait, which in turn will help our research and advocate for improved food environments.

FoodSwitch is a data-technology platform developed by The George Institute for Global Health to support the prevention of diet-related ill health around the world. Its goals are jointly to influence stakeholders across the food system to improve the food environment and also to empower individuals to make healthier food choices.  

Our Volunteers at the Adiliyah Co-op in the data collection phase.

Packaged food products often contain surprisingly high-levels of salt, sugar, saturated fat and kilojoules/calories which may contribute to diet related health risks such as heart disease and diabetes. However, the nutrition information on pack labels can be confusing and it can be difficult to choose between the different brands. The FoodSwitch App can help you find out what is in the food you’re buying and suggest healthier alternatives for you and your family.

About FoodSwitch

Making even small changes to our diets, such as consuming a little less salt and added sugar, and eating less fat (particularly saturated fat) and energy (kilojoules) could prevent many health problems including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and type 2 diabetes. This could in turn help reduce the incidence of heart attacks, strokes and some cancers.

Starting in the supermarket aisle, the FoodSwitch App empowers you with access to information to help you make informed decisions about what you eat.

By scanning a the barcode of a food item, FoodSwitch presents you with immediate, easy-to-understand information about that product’s nutritional make-up. Results are presented as either a simple ‘Health Star Rating’ which scores a food between 0.5 stars (least healthy) to 5 stars (healthiest), or as colour-coded ‘traffic light’ icons that show key nutrients as green (good), amber (so-so), and red (bad). FoodSwitch also presents a list of similar foods that are healthier alternatives.

How FoodSwitch works

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FoodSwitch works by using the phone camera to scan the barcode of a packaged food. It then uses science-based algorithms to calculate and then display simple nutrition profiles based on the nutrition content of the food.

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FoodSwitch comes with the core FoodSwitch filter and additionally other filters based on different health interests.

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Scan the barcode on a packaged food to get easy-to-understand nutritional information. View results as either a Health Star Rating (HSR) or traffic-light coloured icons for key nutrients and energy. Both modes deliver results for energy, saturated fat, sugar, and salt so you can see at a glance how healthy the food item is.


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When you scan a food product you’ll also get a list of healthier choices you can switch to.

The core FoodSwitch filter generates healthier choices by calculating the overall nutritional quality of foods. It uses the Health Star Rating algorithm to assess a range of different factors important to general health such as the amount of saturated fat, sugars, salt, energy, protein, dietary fibre, fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes and for some products, calcium.

In the SaltSwitch, EnergySwitch, FatSwitch or SugarSwitch filters, the algorithm adapts the results based on the amount of the relevant nutrient (e.g. salt for SaltSwitch).

If you’re using GlutenSwitch, the healthier choices in GlutenSwitch include only gluten-free alternatives.

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Support
Add an item to a shopping list, or report potential issues by simply swiping to the left or right of the screen for additional functions.