If you’ve ever wanted to know what foods to buy in order to eat healthier, you know that such research can be a pain, but with Shop Healthy by SmartNow.com you can get all the information you need right on your phone even while you’re strolling down the isle. Created by Dr. Melina Jampolis, Shop Healthy has cataloged and rated over 100,000 different foods which you would find at any grocery store. Choose any brand and the app will show you how healthy it is, along with full nutritional information and other products which might work as a healthier substitute.
The app itself is pretty well organized. Shop Healthy opens up to a Home screen with a picture of Dr. Jampolis and an introduction to the app which, honestly, I could live without. The option to turn off the welcome screen after the first use would be handy. Other than that, it’s as simple as going to the search screen if you’re looking for a particular food or the Aisle screen if you want to browse what’s available in different categories. The categories in the Aisle screen are set up in columns divided by food type such as Fruits & Vegetables, Breads & Grains, etc. You swipe to the left or right to find more columns and under each column are sub-categories. Kinda like the aisles at a grocery store! Fancy that.
Once you decide on a sub-category it shows you several different selections within. For example, if I go under Frozen Food and select Pizza it’ll show me a list including everything from A.C. LaRocca pizza with a different selection for every topping combination to pretty much every single brand of frozen pizza you’ve ever seen and some you probably haven’t! Factoid info will tell you specific considerations for your current choice and at any time you can press the Nutrition Facts button to see the black-and-white label straight from the product itself.
I only had one hickup running this app. The first time I tried to run it, there was absolutely no information loading. I’m not sure if this is a common error, but it did happen once.
All-in-all, however, this is a perfect application for what it does. Those who want to eat healthy will find it incredibly useful. Its name says it all: Shop Healthy!
Shop Healthy requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with both iPhone and iPod Touch.