With so much new information circulating about health, avoiding GMO foods, shopping sweat shop free and products not testing on animals, I thought that these three smartphone apps could be of some assistance. I am surprised how helpful these smartphone apps actually are. I am interested to know what you think as well.
The Fooducate app personalizes your health goals by helping you understand your calorie intake and the health of the foods you eat based on your age, height, weight, eating style, and activity levels. I’ve never been a calorie counter, yet it is important to know if you are getting the proper nutrients to sustain your lifestyle and to be healthy. You can track your meals, acknowledge how much water your drink, see how many calories burned with exercise, make notes, and see your weight progress if you have a specific goal weight.
What I love most about this app is seeing how many calories my morning smoothies contain. I’ve been eating a lot more raw foods so seeing how the ingredients add up in nutrients is important to make sure I’m fulfilling my necessary calories for the day. I put in each smoothie ingredient separately and was very pleased with the results. What I also love about this app is that it will tell you if the brand of food you are interested in is GMO free and will give you a health rating on the product.
“The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices.” The Non-GMO Project app helps you find non-gmo foods, body care, vitamins and supplements, as well as wholesale ingredients that are GMO free by category, brand, and name. If you are searching for GMO free companies, you can easily find them. I also noticed that there are Non-GMO Project labeling on specific brands in Whole Foods yesterday which I think is awesome! This information is a perfect way to not only support GMO free companies, but to protect yourself and your family from eating genetically modified foods. Learn more about genetically modified foods in this article.
Buycott provides you with a large spectrum of campaigns to join so that you can support companies that are in the highest interest of what is important to you. For example Minimalist Beauty is all about chemical free beauty and health. There is a campaign on Buycott called Dirty Dozen which shares a “collection of chemicals that are both harmful to you and the environment including carcinogens and hormone disruptors.” The chemicals included on their list are also in the Beauty No-No’s list. If you are curious why avoiding these toxic chemicals are important you may also want to read this article.
Buycott also has campaigns for avoiding sweatshop labor, eating local and sustainable foods, finding GMO free brands, avoiding companies that support human trafficking, and even avoiding plastic bottled beverages. They offer a scanning capability to ensure that everything you purchase is in alignment with supporting companies with the same moral values that are important to you. Instead of boycotting companies, we are instead voting with our dollars to support companies that resonate with what we believe in.
I love that there are more and more companies that are creating apps to educate and serve the community in very helpful ways. Share your thoughts below!
(Image from Non-GMO Project App)