Sugar Smart: Can an app help you reduce your sugar intake?

Sugar Smart: Can an app help you reduce your sugar intake?

It’s that time of year when most people – having binged in December – are trying to reduce their calorie, alcohol and sugar intake once more.

It’s no coincidence that the Government-run Change 4 Life organisation has chosen January to launch its Sugar Smart app. The premise is simple – use the app to scan barcodes of products you find in the supermarket, and it will tell you how many cubes of sugar the product contains.

It’s an interesting idea – there’s no doubt people generally consume too much sugar, whether it’s in food that we know is bad for us, such as sugary sweets and drinks, or in less obvious sugar sources, such as fruit juices and smoothies. If the app – and the whole campaign – can help raise awareness of how much sugar people are eating, then it has to be a good thing.

We’ll test the app out this week and will update this blog on Friday to let you know how easy it is to use, whether the information is useful and how likely we think it is to have a positive impact.

In the meantime, if you want to check it out yourself using the link above, please feel free – but please remember to let us know what you think and whether it will make it into your daily routine.


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