Friday, January 15, 2016

Visualising sugar content in food with the Sugar Smart app

Sugar Smart is a new app from the NHS's Change4Life campaign.

It's available on iOS and Android, and when you scan the bar codes of popular UK food items, it access the official nutrition information and tells you the suger content, expressed as sugar cubes.

It's a fun app to play with the super market.  This is the score for a 2 pack of Gu -

I knew Gu would lave a lot of sugar in it, but I didn't know Muller yogurts had so much.

I was also surprised by the content of some cereals that I'd previously seen as healthy.

(Numbers are generally shown for the complete pack, for 100g, and for a 'serving)

Yes, this data is all available on the label, but this gives you a much easier way of visualising what the table of nutritional numbers actually means.

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