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Do you really know the sugar content of your kids snacks?

Do you really know the sugar content of your kids snacks?

by FoodMaestro | 12 February 2016

KiddyCharts reviews the FoodMaestro app

We have been asked to take a look at the Food Maestro app (iOS and Android). This enables you to search for ingredients and food products based on specific criteria, perhaps because you have an allergy in the family, are from a certain religious group, or have an intolerance to a specific food item. It ALSO allows you to check the sugar content for food there and then using the barcode scanner that comes with it.

For us, this app helps for two reasons:

  • My mum is a type 2 diabetic, so controls the amount of sugar in her diet due to not having enough insulin to manage those levels independently
  • My kids are ALWAYS asking for us to buy the latest fad snack in the supermarket; but do we really know how much sugar is in them?

What did we think of the Food Maestro app?

The app charges a small annual fee for use, after the 14 day free period. Given the information, and the quality of the app, this presents value for us consumers. The app proved to be very helpful in compiling a list of suitable ingredients for a sausage cassoulet for a visit from my mum.

I was able to look for ingredients that were lower in sugar, and to choose these – something I always struggle to ascertain when I am rushing about the shops, with two kids in tow. The barcode scanning helps with this too; when you need to know the sugar content on the fly, and have an eight year old demanding a fruit winder snack! ;-) *distracting*

I would have liked to have seen more recommended products within the low sugar categories on the app; the dieticians seem to focus more on allergens rather than diabetic concerns. However, I would expect that this might change in updates for the app.

The app seems to be great at catering for a wide range of needs from Kosher to Halal and everything else in between. It is wonderful that it caters for the diverse range of cultures across the globe, and this is an excellent function within the app.

Overall 8/10

This is a good value app, which we would recommend downloading if there are any restrictions on diet in your household.  It is also great at demonstrating to the kids just how much sugar there is in the supposedly “healthy” fruit snacks that they want to buy! Some of the values are actually rather shocking, and meant my kids were happier to put items back on the shelves.

Aside from determining sugar content for diabetics and families everywhere, it is a great app top have if you have allergies. It would help reduce the time spent trying to find ingredients that work with whatever constraints you have.

My main concerns are that you don’t seem to be able to configure the app so that you are able to tell it where you are shopping, so the app provides me with choices that are not relevant to my local geography. Perhaps in the future they can change this, and have the ability to connect location, so that if the nearest shop is Waitrose, I am provided with products here. Even better, perhaps I can add to my profile that my favourite store is Ocado?

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