The mobile application "Know your food" developed in Argentina lets you know how healthy a food is by scanning the barcode on the packaging.
How does it do it? By evaluating the fats, sugars, sodium and additives that are advertised on the labels, it returns a graph that indicates the nutritional quality and warns about its consumption.
The conclusion on whether the product is healthy or not, comes from a database of more than 1,000 products present in Argentine supermarkets. The application, after scanning the label, produces an index of fats, sugars and sodium weighted with the recommended daily intake of each one: the higher the amount of fat, sugar and sodium it contains, the higher the index will be.
"Know your food" ("Know your food", in Spanish) is the result of a joint work between students of various careers and faculties of the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa (UADE)
Users also have the option to collaborate by uploading tags that are not in the base, but that information is reviewed by the developer team before publication.
Although the creators affirm that it is not a development that alone serves to diet, they understand that it helps to understand that not everything that is presented as "low calories" is healthy.
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