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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Two smartphone peripherals to check food before you dig in

The link between healthcare technology and food is becoming more and more visible and with good reason. This article, Two smartphone peripherals to check food before you dig in, offers interesting perspectives on two new technologies that are currently being used for scanning your food before you eat it. A recent proof-of-concept from UCLA turns your smartphone into a mobile lab that can test your food for a number of allergens, while "a new commercial product from Russian startup Lapka tests for nitrates in produce, a hallmark of whether produce is truly organic".  There is great concern with food allergies found in food and the havoc that they have created. These allergens happen to affect approximately 4 to 6 percent of children under the age of 18 in the United States population alone, according to the CDC. Even more astounding, "From 1997 to 2007 the number of children with food allergies went up 18 percent". Technology is making such advances in order to make new discoveries surrounding food safety while also attempting to inform consumers more about the importance of nutrition and wellness.

Already, consumers are being informed about health apps that focus on eating better from sources such as MobiHealthNews. Other apps include Fooducate, a barcoding system used in grocery stores that creates a letter grade for nutrition, ScanAvert, another app that gives a health score for foods safety based on food allergies or dietary restrictions and more....

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