The UK introduces the NHS Food Scanner app, which provides healthy food options

London, first published January 11, 2022, 5:35 PM Indochina Time

As part of the government’s Better Health campaign to combat obesity, the British Health Service introduced the NHS Food Scanner on Monday that suggests healthier options.
This functionality, which is available as a free download, allows families to scan product barcodes to find healthy alternatives, allowing them to make a small change during their next shopping trip. The app uses the “Good Choice” logo to direct users to healthy foods and drinks that adhere to the government’s dietary standards for added sugar, saturated fat and salt.

Dr Linya Patel, an Indian-born dietitian who evaluated the new NHS app, says parents struggle to identify healthy snacks for their children, especially if they are picky eaters. “The NHS Food Scanner app is a fun way to get kids involved in choosing healthy meals they’ll enjoy – so scan, swipe and swap,” she said. The goal of the app is to help families improve their children’s diet as new figures show that the number of parents giving unhealthy snacks to their children has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It follows a record rise in child obesity since the pandemic, with NHS data revealing that one in four young schoolchildren in England is now overweight or obese. Maggie Thorpe, UK public health minister, said families have faced a lot of stress throughout the pandemic, which has led to a major change in habits and routines. It claims that with the free NHS Food Scanner app, families can switch goods from their weekly grocery list for healthier options while avoiding products high in salt, sugar and saturated fat.

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The app is part of DHSC’s larger anti-obesity plan for the Better Health campaign, which includes restricting advertising of less nutritious foods to young people and its £100m funding. According to a survey by UK parenting website Netmums, more than 58% of parents are feeding their children more sugary or fatty snacks than before the pandemic, and nearly two-thirds (64%) of parents are concerned about how well their children are being fed. snacks. Nearly 90% of parents indicated that they would benefit from an app that helps them make better choices for their children.

Last update Jan 11 2022 5:35 PM IST


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