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NHS Food Scanner app – 2022

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NHS Food Scanner app

Updated July 2022

There is now and improved version of the NHS Food Scanner app which is downloadable from the iTunes store and Google Play.

For those people that have never used the Food Scanner app before, it works by scanning the barcodes of food and drink. Once an item has been scanned the app tells you how much sugar, salt and saturated fat is in the food you have scanned.

Food scanner features

The updated Food Scanner app has a number of feature which incude:

  • Calorie information – the app tells you the amount of calories in food and drink products, and will also provide calorie information per serving suggestion.
  • ​​Improved results layout – you will find it much easier to understand what’s in your food after scanning.
  • Constantly improved product data – as with the previous version of the app the developers are constantly looking to improve the number of products that users are able to scan.
  • Augmented Reality – the app uses augmented reality to bring to life the contents of your food and drink.  If your phone is not able to see augmented reality then it will show a 3D model instead.

This app was developed by the Department of Health and Social Care.

You can receive e-mails about eating more healthily and get ideas for fun activities with your kids from Better Health Healthier Families.

Find out more about eating a healthy and balanced diet on our Eat Well page.