I want to tell you about an app that I recently downloaded to my iPhone, it’s the EWG’s Food Scores app. For those who are not familiar with EWG (Environmental Working Group), it is a non-profit organization, located in Washington D.C., that specializes in research and advocacy to protect the public health and the environment. Each year they publish a list of the “The Clean Fifteen™,” fruit and vegetables that you don’t have to buy organic and “The Dirty Dozen Plus™,” fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic.
The Food Scores app was created to “help consumers make healthier, greener food choices.” EWG rated more than 80,000 food items on a score of 1 (best) to 10 (worst). They rated the items based on three criteria: nutrition, ingredients and processing concerns. I recently tried out the app, when I wanted to buy puff pastry. It provided me an overall score, their top findings and nutritional information. I found it very helpful when debating with myself, whether or not to purchase the item. This app will definitely be used more in future food buying decisions! I encourage you to check it out, if you haven’t done so already!