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FoodSwitch is a free smartphone application designed by The George Institute for Global Health to support healthier food choices and prevent diet-related ill health. Its goal is to empower individuals to make healthier food choices by providing access to information and innovative tools.

Imagine you’re at your local supermarket. The many brand choices of packaged food can be overwhelming, and these products often contain surprisingly high-levels of salt, sugar, saturated fat and kilojoules which may contribute to the risks of heart disease and stroke. How can you decide what to put in your basket and be sure you make the best choices and buy healthier food for you and your family? The FoodSwitch App can help you find out what is in the food you’re eating and suggest healthier alternatives for you and your family. 

FoodSwitch both empowers consumers in their efforts to make better food choices, as well as uses the power of crowd sourcing to capture new data. In turn this helps research to support healthy changes to the food environment. The app has been launched in the following countries:

A version of the app for the Fiji and Samoa is in development. 

 

About FoodSwitch

Making even small changes to our diets, such as consuming a little less salt and added sugar, and eating less fat (particularly saturated fat) and energy (kilojoules) could prevent many health problems in Hong Kong including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and type 2 diabetes. This could in turn help reduce the incidence of heart attacks, strokes and some cancers. 
Starting in the supermarket aisle, FoodSwitch empowers you with access to information and innovative tools to help you make informed decisions about what you eat. 

FoodSwitch is a smartphone app that allows you to scan the barcodes of packaged foods at the supermarket or at home, using the camera on your phone. FoodSwitch then presents you with immediate, easy-to-understand information about that product’s nutritional make-up. Using a colour-coded system (red, amber and green) that is specific to each nutrient, it’s easy to see whether a food is less healthy, okay or a healthier option based on its total fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt content. You can also see a list of similar foods that are healthier choices. 

FoodSwitch was first developed in Australia by The George Institute for Global Health. For more information about FoodSwitch Australia please visit www.georgeinstitute.org.au/projects/foodswitch

 

How FoodSwitch Works

FoodSwitch works by using the phone camera to acquire the barcode on a packaged food. It can tell what’s in the packaged food you’re eating, whether it’s high in salt, fat, sugar and kilojoules.

Scan

Use the autofocus camera on a supported smartphone or tablet to scan a packaged food’s barcode to get easy-to-understand nutritional information. 

View results as either traffic-light style or Health Star Rating (HSR) labels. Both modes deliver results for energy, saturated fat, sugar, and salt so you can see at a glance how healthy the food item is.  


Switch

When you scan a food product you’ll also get a list of healthier choices you can switch to. 

No matter which filter you’re using, healthier choices are first identified by comparing the overall nutritional value of foods based on the Health Star Rating score algorithm, taking into account a range of different factors important to general health including saturated fat, sugars, salt, energy, protein, dietary fibre, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and legumes (FVNL) content, and for some products, calcium.  


Save, share, support

Add an item to a shopping list, share the information with others, or help us improve the app by reporting any potential issues.  

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 via social media (eg. Facebook, Twitter and email). 


VIEWING MODES

 

Traffic Light Labelling mode

Traffic Light Labels show how foods rate using colours. In ‘Traffic Light’ Labelling mode, you’ll see colour-coded ratings to let you know if a product is low (green), medium (amber) or high (red) for key food components (total fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt). Red is less healthy, Amber is OK and Green is a healthier choice.


Health Star Rating mode

In Health Star Rating (HSR) mode, you’ll get an idea of how healthy a product is by a star rating from 0.5 to 5 stars. The higher the star rating, the healthier the food is overall.  


 

Download FoodSwitch

Make FoodSwitch your pocket companion when at the supermarket or on the move with our smartphone app.

Use it to scan the barcodes of packaged food products for the same useful, easy-to-understand information at your fingertips: 

 

FAQs

What is FoodSwitch?

FoodSwitch gives you immediate, easy-to-understand information about packaged food products, as well as a list of similar foods that are healthier choices. You can access this through the app by scanning the product barcode using your smartphone camera. 

Each nutrient in a product in FoodSwitch has been rated and by using the colour-coded Traffic-Light Labels, it makes it easy to see how healthy a food is based on nutrients like total fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt. 

How do I understand results in Traffic Light Label mode?

Each product in FoodSwitch is rated for its total fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt content. The Traffic Light ratings tell you if a product is low (green), medium (amber), or high (red) in these food components, based on widely-accepted nutritional standards. 

How are healthier choices identified?

The app identifies healthier choices by comparing the overall nutritional value of foods. The algorithm used is based on the nutrient profiling system, which was originally developed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand. It takes into account the different factors important to good nutrition, including fats, sugars, salt, energy, protein, dietary fibre, fruit vegetables nuts and legumes (FVNL) content, and (for some products) calcium. 

Why is there a difference between the amount of salt displayed in FoodSwitch and the amount of sodium on the nutrition label of the packaging of a product?

FoodSwitch in Traffic Light Label mode displays values for salt, while the nutrition label on the packaging of a product usually lists sodium. The difference is that salt is made up of sodium and chloride. To get the salt content of a product, you would need to multiply the amount of sodium by 2.5. FoodSwitch has already done this calculation for you. 

Where does the nutritional information come from?

FoodSwitch is powered by a large, independent packaged food products database for Hong Kong. However, because there are always new products coming on the market and some products are only available in certain areas, not all food products available in Hong Kong are in the database yet. This is why we encourage FoodSwitch users to help us add to the database. 

How can you be sure the information on the food label is correct?

We trust manufacturers to put the correct information on label. If something unusual is noticed please use the “Report Issue” function in the app to send us information. 

What if the product I scan isn’t in the database?

If you scan a packaged food product that isn’t in the database, you’ll be invited to help us, by taking three photos – one of the front of the product, one of the nutrition label and one of the ingredient list. FoodSwitch will then automatically email these pictures to us to validate the item and add it to the database. 

Please note that with users contributing hundreds of photos to the database every day, it can take some time for the product to appear in the FoodSwitch app. We also need to complete a series of quality control checks before listing products on the app. 

Why is the product listed, but the manufacturer says it is deleted?

Every day there are new products appearing on supermarket shelves, and products being removed from the market. It is almost impossible to keep up with a rapidly changing food supply. There may be times when the app has listed an alternate product that is no longer available. We ask consumers and manufacturers to “Help us” by using the “Report Issue” function in the app that allows information about an item to be sent, informing us it has been deleted or changed. 

Why are the products listed in the Healthier Choices not available in this store?

Recording product availability across every supermarket in Hong Kong is not possible. Instead the app lists a number of healthier choices available in Hong Kong for the product scanned. If a healthier product listed is not available then your scanned item is the healthiest available at that location. 

How can I be sure the information is correct?

The database is updated regularly by The George Institute for Global Health’s research team along with the help of FoodSwitch users who can send us feedback about products through the app, on the website, or by email at foodswitch@georgeinstitute.org.au. You’ll receive alerts from time to time when the database is updated and/or a new version of the app becomes available. 

Why doesn’t the app include information about colours, preservatives, additives or GI?

At this stage, FoodSwitch does not include information on colours, preservatives, additives or glycaemic index (GI). We are collecting more information and future versions will aim to include more functionalities. 

Do you have any relationship with food manufacturers? Will they provide any funding to you so that their product can be recommended?

We have no commercial relationship with any food manufacturers that would affect information presented. Products are recommended solely on the basis of their healthiness. 

Why are we using Australian based algorithms and UK based standards? How do we think these are applicable for Hong Kong consumers?

The health issues caused by packaged foods are basically the same irrespective of nationality.  Excess quantities of salt, sugar, harmful fat and calories are a problem for everyone.  We are using Australian based algorithms because they have undergone a lot of development. We will update the app using local government guidlines in the future if a need arises. 

Is the ‘Healthier Choice’ good for all customers, including male/female, young/senior, and people who are suffering from diseases like kidney disease, diabetes etc.?

The healthier choices we suggest are the products that are on average the healthiest. People with particular diseases like high blood pressure or high cholesterol may need more specific advice and in the future we will be launching upgrades to the app that serve particularly patient groups. 

How often is the information reviewed and updated?

We have a team working on reviewing and updating the information on a daily basis. FoodSwitch will prompt when an update is available for download. 

How does the ‘List’ function work in the app?

To create a new list: 

  • Go to the ‘Lists’ page
  • Enter the name of a new list in the text box that says ‘Create a new list’
  • Tap on ‘Done’

To add a product to a list: 

  • Swipe to the right or left on the product details to expand the information area
  • Tap on ‘Add to list’ to go to the ‘Lists’ page
  • Add the product to an existing list by tapping on the list.

To remove a product from a list: 

  • Tap the ‘Edit’ button in the navigation bar on the ‘Lists’ screen
  • Tap on the red circle that appears to the left of the product you wish to remove
  • Tap on the red ‘Delete’ button that appears on the right.

To remove a list: 

  • Go to the ‘Lists’ page
  • Tap the ‘Edit’ button in the navigation bar on the Lists screen
  • Tap on the red circle that appears to the left of the list you wish to remove
  • Tap on the red ‘Delete’ button that appears on the right.

Why should I be concerned about choosing healthy food?

Many everyday packaged foods can be high in salt, fat (including saturated fat) and sugar. They can also be high in energy (kilojoules), thanks to growing portion sizes. All these factors can contribute to health problems like obesity, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes and high blood cholesterol. In turn, these can lead to a greater risk of heart attack, stroke and some cancers. 

Making even small changes to our diets, like consuming less salt, sugar, fat (especially saturated fat) and energy (kilojoules), can prevent many of these health problems. 

Currently, packaged product nutritional information in Hong Kong is mostly restricted to a nutrition information panel. This can be tricky to find, read and interpret, often making it difficult for consumers to be informed and make healthier food choices. 

What is front-of-pack (FoP) labelling?

In Hong Kong, compulsory food composition labelling on packaged food products needs to include a nutrition label. This is often found on the back of the product in very small print. Studies show that the nutrition label only influences the food purchases of a small minority of people who are very motivated and well informed about how to make healthier food choices. Many studies suggest that front-of-pack (FoP) labelling systems can help consumers interpret the information and make healthier food choices. 

Why use Traffic Light Labels?

Research shows many people find colour-coded labelling easier to understand than other systems. The Traffic Light Labels provide nutritional information based on 100g of a product. This helps consumers compare products quickly and easily. If a specific nutrient of a product has any nutritional data missing, it will appear in grey with a dash (-) under the nutrient that is missing. 

How do I get the FoodSwitch app?

iPhone users: Download FoodSwitch from the App Store, either online or on your device.

Android smartphone users: Download FoodSwitch from Google Play2, either online or on your Android smartphone. 

The app is free of charge. An internet connection (mobile data or Wi-Fi) is required to download it and to share information by social media and email. Standard usage charges may apply if using mobile data – check with your internet and mobile service providers for more information. 

What devices does the FoodSwitch app work on?

FoodSwitch works on: 

  • Apple iPhone devices that run on iOS version 7.1 or later that have a camera with auto-focus.
  • Android2 smartphones running Android version 4.3 and above that have a camera with auto-focus.

Please note: If you’re using a smartphone or tablet without a camera capable of auto-focus, FoodSwitch may not be compatible with your device. Without auto-focus, the pictures of the barcode will be blurry and FoodSwitch will be unable to identify the product. 

Why isn’t the app scanning the barcode?

If you’re having trouble scanning with a compatible device, here are some tips that may help you scan more easily: 

  • Shake or tap your phone to force the camera to auto-focus
  • Try again in a different light setting to avoid glare and shadows
  • Check the auto-focus capability of the camera. Try tapping on the screen at far and near objects to see if the focus changes
  • Try holding the object further away from the camera and make sure it doesn't fill the whole screen so that the auto-focus can find the barcode.

If you’re using a smartphone without a camera capable of auto-focus, FoodSwitch may not be compatible with this device. Without auto-focus, the pictures of the barcode will be blurry and FoodSwitch will be unable to identify the products

Is FoodSwitch available to anyone?

FoodSwitch is free and available to everyone in Hong Kong who uses an Apple or Android smartphone that supports the FoodSwitch app! 

Is the app free?

The app is free of charge and available to everyone. 

Can I use the app outside Hong Kong?

FoodSwitch is designed specifically for each country and is different in each country in which it is released.  This is because the barcodes on foods are specific to each country.  If you use the Hong Kong version of FoodSwitch outside of Hong Kong it will likely give incorrect results.  Currently, FoodSwitch is only available in versions for Hong Kong, China, India, Australia, the UK, South Africa and New Zealand.  

The FoodSwitch team is currently exploring opportunities to launch the app in other countries. 

Who do I contact if I have a question that hasn’t been answered here?

You can give feedback or ask a question by email at mobilefeedback@foodswitch.org.au

 

See the full Terms and Conditions for more information.

1 iTunes iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries, App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. 

2 Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc. 

 

DISCLAIMER

© The George Institute for Global Health 2017.

FoodSwitch provides nutritional information based on a scientific algorithm developed by The George Institute for Global Health and is licensed from time to time to individual Sponsors to agreed territories.

The information has been developed and reviewed by health professionals and to the best of our knowledge is current and based on reputable sources of evidence at the time of publishing. Whilst every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the data, no warranty of this accuracy is provided. Some data required by the algorithm have been estimated to enable ranking of products. All users, especially those with special dietary requirements or food sensitivities, should assess the accuracy and relevance of this information for their personal circumstances.

The information should be used as a guide only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice. The George Institute along with their sponsors and related entities are not liable for any loss or damage you suffer arising out of the use of or reliance on the information, except that which cannot be excluded by law. For further Terms of Use please visit http://www.georgeinstitute.org.au/sites/default/files/foodswitch-terms-o....

We recommend that you consult your doctor or other qualified health professional if you have questions or concerns about your, or your family’s health.

 

FoodSwitch 香港

FoodSwitch是由喬治全球健康研究院設計的免費智能手機應用程式。此應用程式幫助我們選擇更健康的食物,並防止因飲食不當而帶來的疾病。其目標是透過提供資訊和創新的工具從而令我們作出健康食品的選擇。

想像一下,你身處在超級市場,面對多不勝數各種品牌的包裝食品,這些產品大多含有很高的鹽份,糖份,飽和脂肪和熱量,長期進食這些產品會增加患心臟病和中風的風險。你怎樣確保為你和你的家人選購更健康的包裝食品?FoodSwitch可以幫助了解已選擇的包裝食品的營養成分,並為你和你的家人提供更健康的選擇建議。

FoodSwitch既可以幫助消費者自行作更好的食物選擇,還可以利用「群眾提供消息法」(crowd sourcing) 來收集新食品數據。這亦有助於對食物環境健康變化的研究。FoodSwitch已在以下國家推出:

FoodSwitch 美國正在開發中。

關於FoodSwitch

只要在我們的飲食上作一些小小的改變,如減少鹽份,添加糖,脂肪(特別是飽和脂肪)和熱量的攝取量,便可以預防很多健康問題,包括高血壓,高膽固醇,肥胖和二型糖尿病,繼而減少心臟病,中風和一些癌症的發病率。

從超級市場走道開始,FoodSwitch透過提供資訊和創新的工具來幫助你對你所吃的食物做出明智的選擇。

FoodSwitch是一個智能手機應用程式,你可以使用手機上的相機在超級市場或家中掃描包裝食品的條碼。然後,FoodSwitch會即時提供有關該產品的清晰易明的營養資訊。產品的總脂肪,飽和脂肪,糖和鹽的含量會以紅色(高),黃色(中等)或綠色(低)標示,令你很容易便知道該產品的健康程度。你還可以看到一些同類型產品的更健康選擇。

FoodSwitch最先在澳洲由喬治全球健康研究院和澳洲保柏開發。有關FoodSwitch澳洲的更多信息,請瀏覽www.georgeinstitute.org.au/projects/foodswitch

FoodSwitch 如何運作

FoodSwitch 利用智能手機的內置相機來掃描包裝食品上的條碼,然後提供該產品的營養資訊,究竟它是否高鹽份,高脂肪,高糖份和高熱量。

掃描

在支援FoodSwitch的智能手機或平板電腦上使用自動對焦相機掃描包裝食品的條碼,以獲得清晰易明的營養資訊。

結果可以兩種模式查看:紅綠燈標籤模式或健康星級評分模式。這兩種模式都能顯示熱量,飽和脂肪,糖份和鹽份的含量,所以你可以立刻看出該食物的健康程度。


轉換

當你掃描一個食品,你也會得到一個更健康的選擇清單,你可以考慮切換。

無論你使用的是哪一個功能選項,它們都是根據健康星級評分演算法比較食品的整體營養價值。這是考慮對健康重要的各種營養素,包括脂肪、糖、鹽、熱量、蛋白質、膳食纖維、水果、蔬菜、堅果及豆類的含量,對某些食品來說,也會考慮鈣。


儲存、分享、支持

把產品添加到購物清單,與他人分享資訊,或通過報告任何潛在問題來幫助我們改進此應用程式。 
把你最愛的健康食品儲存在購物清單中,準備在下次購物時切換。
把你的更健康食品選擇清單匯出或透過社交平台,例如:Facebook,Twitter和電郵與朋友分享。

 


瀏覽模式

 

紅綠燈標籤模式

紅綠燈標籤利用紅、黃、綠三色來顯示特定營養素(包括總脂肪、飽和脂肪、糖和鹽)的含量。紅色代表高,黃色代表中,綠色代表低。換句話說,紅色代表比較不健康,黃色代表一般,綠色代表比較健康的選擇。


健康星級評分模式

健康星級評分用星級評價產品的健康程度。半星級代表最不健康,五星級代表最健康。


 

下載FoodSwitch

把FoodSwitch成為你在超級市場和在路上的夥伴。

使用它掃描包裝食品上的條碼,便可輕易獲得對掃描產品清晰易明的營養資訊:

 

常見問題

FoodSwitch 是什麼?

FoodSwitch 提供即時及清晰易明的包裝食品的營養資訊,以及更健康的同類型食品清單。你可以利用智能手機內的相機掃描產品條碼以獲得這些資訊。

儲存在 FoodSwitch內的食品都已按照紅綠燈的模式對總脂肪、飽和脂肪、糖份及鹽份的含量進行評估,所以你可以一目了然地了解該食品的健康程度。

如何理解紅綠燈標籤?

紅綠燈標籤利用紅、黃、綠三色來顯示特定營養素(包括總脂肪、飽和脂肪、糖和鹽)的含量。紅色代表高,黃色代表中,綠色代表低。

更健康的食品是如何選出來的?

根據澳洲和紐西蘭的食物標準演算法,FoodSwitch通過比較食品的整體營養價值來識別更健康的食品。整體評級考慮對健康重要的各種營養素,包括脂肪、糖、鹽、熱量、蛋白質、膳食纖維、水果、蔬菜、堅果及豆類的含量,對某些食品來說,也會考慮鈣。

為什麼FoodSwitch中顯示的鹽含量與包裝食品的營養標籤上的鈉含量有差異?

紅綠燈標籤模式中所顯示的是鹽含量,而食品包裝上的營養標籤通常是列出鈉含量。鹽是由鈉和氯組成的。要獲得產品的鹽含量,須要把鈉含量乘以2.5。FoodSwitch已經為你做了這個步驟。

營養資訊從哪裡來?

香港版FoodSwitch是基於香港一個大型、獨立的包裝食品數據庫。但是,由於市場上不斷有新產品出現和部分產品僅在某些地區推出,因此並非所有在香港的食品都在數據庫中。這就是為什麼我們鼓勵FoodSwitch用戶幫助我們添加食品到數據庫。

你如何確保食品標籤上的資訊是正確的?

我們相信製造商把正確的資訊標示於標籤上。如果發現異常,請使用應用程式中的「報告問題」功能向我們發送信息。

 

如果我掃描的產品不在數據庫中,該怎麼辦?

如果你掃描的包裝食品不在數據庫中,請幫忙拍三張該食品的照片(包括食品包裝正面,營養標籤及食物配料表)並上傳。FoodSwitch將自動把這些照片通過電子郵件發送給我們,以驗證它們並將其添加到數據庫中。

由於FoodSwitch用戶每天都會提供數百張照片至數據庫,因此產品可能需要一些時間才會顯示在FoodSwitch中。我們還須要先完成一系列質量控制檢查,才把該產品顯示在應用程式上。

 

為什麼製造商說顯示的產品已被刪除?

每天都有新產品在超級市場貨架上出現,亦有產品從市場上被移除。跟上變化快速的食品供應幾乎是不可能的。應用程式可能有時會顥示不再供應的產品選擇。我們邀請消費者和製造商通過使用應用程式中的「報告問題」功能來通知我們該產品已被刪除或更改。

 

為什麼在這個商店中沒有提供更健康選擇清單中列出的產品?

在香港的每個超級市場記錄產品的存貨量是不可能的。應用程式則會列出在香港可選購的掃描產品的一些更健康的選擇。如果該商店沒有提供列出的更健康產品,那麼,你掃描的產品便是該商店裏最健康的產品。

 

我怎樣才能確保資訊是正確的?

數據庫由喬治全球健康研究院的研究小組定期更新,以及有賴FoodSwitch用戶的幫助,用戶可以通過應用程式,網站或電郵至foodswitch@georgeinstitute.org.au向我們發送對於產品的意見。當數據庫更新和/或應用程式有新版本時,你將不時收到通知。

 

為什麼FoodSwitch不包含有關色素、防腐劑、添加劑或升糖指數的資訊?

現階段,FoodSwitch不包含有關色素、防腐劑、添加劑或升糖指數的資訊。我們正在收集更多的資料,未來的版本將旨在包括更多的功能。

 

你們與食品製造商有任何關係嗎?他們會提供任何資金給你們,以便推薦他們的產品嗎?

我們與任何食品製造商也沒有任何商業關係。推薦的產品完全是基於其整體營養價值。

為什麼我們使用澳洲的演算法和英國的標準?我們如何認為這些適用於香港消費者?

包裝食品導致的健康問題基本上與國籍無關。過量的鹽,糖,脂肪和卡路里對於所有人都會帶來不良影響。我們使用澳洲的演算法,因為它們經過多次修訂。如果有需要,我們將在未來使用香港政府指引更新應用程式。

 

「更健康選擇」是否適合所有消費者,包括男性/女性,年輕人/老年人以及患有腎病,糖尿病等疾病的人士?

我們建議的「更健康選擇」是以平均而言最健康的產品。患有高血壓或高膽固醇等疾病的人士可能需要更具體的建議,未來我們將推出特定病患人士也適用的升級版。

FoodSwitch 內的資料多久審查及更新?

我們的團隊每天審查及更新資料。當有更新可供下載時,FoodSwitch將會提示用戶。

應用程式中的「列表」功能如何運作?

創建一個新的列表:

  • 前往「列表」版面 
  • 在「創建新列表」視窗中輸入新列表的名稱 
  • 點擊「完成」

於列表中加入產品:

  • 在產品詳細資訊上向右或向左滑動
  • 點擊「添加到清單」進入「列表」頁面
  • 點擊現有列表把產品加入到該列表

於列表中刪除產品:

  • 於「列表」版面,點擊導航欄中的「編輯」 
  • 點擊你想要刪除的產品左方的紅色圓點
  • 點擊右方出現的紅色「刪除」按鈕

刪除列表:

  • 前往「列表」版面
  • 點擊導航欄中的「編輯」
  • 點擊你想要刪除的列表左方出現的紅色圓點
  • 點擊右方出現的紅色「刪除」按鈕

我為什麼要選擇健康的食物?

許多日常包裝食品都有機會含高鹽份,脂肪(包括飽和脂肪)和糖份。另外,包裝食品份量不斷增加,它們的熱量也有機會屬於高。所有這些因素都可能會導致肥胖、高血壓、二型糖尿病和高血脂等健康問題。繼而增加患心臟病、中風和一些癌症的風險。

只要在我們的飲食上作一些小小的改變,如減少鹽份、糖份、脂肪(特別是飽和脂肪)和熱量的攝取量,便可以預防很多以上提及的健康問題。

目前,香港的包裝食品的營養資料大多局限於營養標籤上。這樣可能比較難找到、閱讀和理解,經常使消費者難以獲得充分資訊和作出更健康的食物選擇。

 

什麼是在包裝正面標示營養標籤?

根據香港營養標籤制度,包裝食品必須附有營養標籤。它們通常在產品背面以非常小的尺寸印刷。研究顯示,營養標籤只對一小部分很有動力和非常瞭解如何做出更健康的食物選擇的人有影響。很多研究表明,在包裝正面標示營養標籤可以幫助消費者解讀資訊並做出更健康的食物選擇。

為什麼使用紅綠燈標籤?

研究顯示,很多人認同以顏色標示的標籤比其他方法更容易理解。紅綠燈標籤提供的營養資訊是以該產品100克計算。這有助於消費者快速及輕鬆地比較產品。如果某種產品缺乏某特定營養素的數據,則該營養素下會以灰色及橫線(-)顯示。

如何獲得FoodSwitch?

iPhone 用戶:在網上或你的裝置上,從App Store下載FoodSwitch。

Android 智能手機用戶:在網上或你的裝置上,從Google Play下載FoodSwitch。

FoodSwitch 是免費的。需要連接互聯網(流動數據或Wi-Fi)下載和透過社交媒體和電子郵件來分享資訊。這可能會導致額外費用,請向你的互聯網和流動電話服務供應商查詢以獲取更多資訊。

FoodSwitch 可在那些裝置運作?

FoodSwitch 可在以下裝置運作:

a) 蘋果1 iPhone裝置:iOS 7.1或以上的系統並附有自動對焦功能的相機。
b) Android2裝置:Android 4.3或以上的系統並附有自動對焦功能的相機。

請注意:如果你的智能手機或平板電腦的相機沒有自動對焦功能,則FoodSwitch可能與該裝置不相容。沒有自動對焦功能,條碼圖片會拍攝模糊,繼而導致FoodSwicth無法識別條碼。

為什麼FoodSwitch不能掃描條碼?

如果你在使用支援FoodSwitch裝置進行掃描時遇到問題,以下提示可以幫助你掃描條碼:

  • 搖動智能手機或點擊螢幕使相機對焦
  • 請在不同的光照設置下再次嘗試,以避免反光和陰影
  • 檢查相機的自動對焦功能。嘗試點擊螢幕上的遠近物體,看看焦點是否有改變
  • 嘗試把物體遠離相機,並確保它不會填滿整個螢幕,以便自動對焦可以找到條碼

如果你的智能手機或平板電腦的相機沒有自動對焦功能,則FoodSwitch可能與該裝置不相容。沒有自動對焦功能,條碼圖片會拍攝模糊,繼而導致FoodSwicth無法識別條碼。

 

FoodSwitch 是否任何人也可以下載及使用?

是,所有在香港的人士也可以下載及使用,請確保你的智能電話是Apple或Android,並技緩FoodSwitch。

FoodSwitch 是否免費?

是,所有人士也可以下載及使用。

可以在香港境外使用香港版的FoodSwitch嗎?

FoodSwitch 是專為每個國家設計的,在每個國家都有所不同,因為食品上的條碼對於每個國家是獨特的。如果你在香港境外使用香港版的FoodSwitch,可能會得到不正確的結果。目前,FoodSwitch僅有香港,中國,印度,澳洲,英國,南非和新西蘭的版本。

FoodSwitch 團隊目前正在探索在其他國家推出的機會。

如果還有問題,該聯絡誰?

你可以電郵至mobilefeedback@foodswitch.org.au提出意見或問題。

 

請參閱條款及細則以獲取更多資訊。

1 iTunes iPhone, iPod Touch 及iPad為Apple Inc.在美國及其國家之註冊商標,App Store為Apple Inc.之服務商標。

2 Android 及Google Play為Google Inc.之商標。

 

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© 喬治全球健康研究院 2017
FoodSwitch利用喬治全球健康研究院開發的科學演算法提供營養資訊和更健康的食品選擇,並不時授權許可證給约定地區的個人讚助商使用。
所有資料都是由醫護專業人員在軟體發佈時以他們所知及可靠的資訊來源開發和審核的。雖然已經採取謹慎措施確保資料的準確性,我們仍然無法擔保其絕對準確。為了對食品進行健康排序,有些排序所需的營養資訊是通過估算得來的。所有用戶,特別是那些有特殊飲食需求或對食物敏感或過敏的用戶應該評估這些資訊的準確性及其與他們自身情況的相關性。
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如果你對自己或家人的健康有疑問或擔憂,我們建議你諮詢你的醫生或其他合資格的醫護專業人員。