Packaged foods can be surprisingly high in salt, fat and sugar. FoodSwitch is a revolutionary new smartphone app that helps you make healthier food choices.

FoodSwitch can help you find out what’s in the food you’re eating, so you can make simple switches to healthier options. With FoodSwitch you can scan the barcode of packaged foods using your smartphone camera and receive immediate, easy to understand nutritional advice and a list of similar foods that are healthier choices.

How it works

In three easy steps, you can reduce excessively high levels of fat, salt and sugar in your family’s diet and even share shopping lists with friends via social media.



Scan barcodes of packaged foods with your smartphone or tablet camera to get easy-to-interpret nutritional information for more than 8,000 products, with traffic light-style colour-coded ratings for four key food components (total fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt).


See similar foods that are healthier choices

Get a list of similar foods that are healthier choices.


Share your healthy choices with your friends

Save your healthy favourites on a shopping list ready to make the switch next time you shop. Export your lists or share them with your friends through Facebook, Twitter and email.

Try FoodSwitch today for better health now and in the future for you and your family!

FoodSwitch is a partnership between the The George Institute for Global Health and the National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI).

FoodSwitch is available as a free download from New Zealand Apple iTunes and Google Play stores.