Keeping track of everything in the food supply is nearly impossible.
While label reading and careful consumption certainly helps, we all know what an extra effort it can be to try and uncover the potentially harmful and amplify the beneficial.
The following resources are a few clever tools that are helpful and simple to use.
Though no one wants yet another gadget to have to carry around, there is one on the table that promises to put you in the know regarding ingredients.
The SCiO is a handheld molecular sensor available for preorder that can analyze nearly every component it comes in contact with.
By clicking the button an optical sensor is activated that can uncover what tons of items are composed of and then wirelessly routes the information to the user’s smartphone.
It can dissect specific facts about consumables like content, nutritional information, purity levels and even freshness. More than food, though, it can also evaluate medications, plants, soil quality, plastics, wood, oils and more.
Further, the SCiO can also pick up new information from people and its environment. Every time it scans it absorbs more data to enhance its knowledge base.
Users can even upload and tag a variety of materials into the existing database, increasing the scope of inclusions. Though already far-ranging, developers intend to broaden the application’s technological abilities.
This is one gadget that actually sounds useful and exciting. If they can only figure out how to keep people like me from losing it…maybe creating a tethering device to physically attach it to smartphones?
For a quick online search, try the food search engine, Calorifica.
Look up nearly any food in the extensive database for a listing of its nutrients. Items are broken down into nutrimental data, showing information like caloric content, fat, protein, sugar, carbohydrate levels and more.
There are also tons of food apps that allow consumers to learn where their purchases come from, such as Food Origin.
This shopping companion can make trips to the store easier, since simply scanning a barcode reveals how it is rated among 5 listed categories: Environmental impact, crop farming, additives, and worker and animal welfare.
This free app is available on iTunes for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and requires iOS 7.0 or later.
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