Inspiration

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 6 in 10 American adults have some kind of chronic disease (like heart disease, diabetes, Celiac disease, etc.), and 4 in 10 Americans have more than one! At the same time, more and more medical research is showing a causal link between these diseases and people’s diets. It turns out that the saying, “You are what you eat,” is literally true! As a result, tens of millions of American consumers are trying to make healthier choices about what they eat every day. But here’s the problem, even after reading the ingredients on the labels, (you know, all those long unpronounceable chemical names) most consumers STILL don’t know what they’re eating, or whether it’s healthy or not! Even worse, many foods have natural-sounding ingredients (like canola oil, sunflower oil, cane sugar, etc.) that aren’t good for you either. Food Sleuth will solve this problem by letting consumers know exactly what is in their food, and whether or not they should avoid it!

What it does

Food Sleuth works by scanning the barcode (UPC Code) on the back of your food items. If a barcode is unreadable or missing, Food Sleuth scans the product name and logo right off the package. Then it gives you a categorical analysis of each bad ingredient.

What's next for Food Sleuth

Looking forward, Food Sleuth can be expanded to include more food ingredients and allergen categories. The next step in developing Food Sleuth will likely be user testing. We will make improvements and add new features based on user feedback and suggestions.

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