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Read Mumsnetters’ feedback on the new Change4Life food scanner app

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JustineBMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 25-Jan-18 13:44:07

This is the feedback thread for the MNers who have been testing the Change4Life food scanner app.

Here’s what PHE has to say: “Without realising it we’re all eating too much sugar, saturated fat and salt. The new and improved ‘Food Scanner’ app is here to help you and your family make healthier food and drink choices. Simply scan the barcode of your food and drink to reveal what’s inside.”

Testers, please answer the below questions.

1. Do you think the Food Scanner app helped you to make healthier food and drink choices?
2. What did you and your family enjoy about using the Food Scanner app?
3. Do you think that you will continue to use the Food Scanner app?
4. Can you tell us about a time - if any - you changed your purchase choice as a result of the app?
5. We’d love to hear about any features you think could further improve the Food Scanner app?

All testers who give their feedback will be sent a £5 Amazon voucher.

Thanks and good luck!

MNHQ

Standard Insight T&Cs apply

Mrgoldensun Wed 21-Feb-18 18:23:35

1. No, I think we're pretty healthy anyway. I found it interesting but I don't think it influenced my choices as they were already informed.
2. The visual element of seeing the sugar cubes etc. stack up.
3. No, I don't have time. I also don't want to be juggling my phone whilst trying to do the weekly shop.
4. I didn't change my purchase choices when using the app.
5. I'm not sure how it could be improved. I do think it could be useful for some people. However, it's a bit faffy scanning things whilst trying to trolley dash round the supermarket with kids!

iamcalledemma Wed 21-Feb-18 09:29:37

Sorry for the late reply!

1. Do you think the Food Scanner app helped you to make healthier food and drink choices?

It certainly made me think a little more about what we are eating, and has made me a little more concious about checking labels, so yes.

2. What did you and your family enjoy about using the Food Scanner app?

My 3 year old enjoyed using the scanner! It was interesting for me.

3. Do you think that you will continue to use the Food Scanner app?

Yes, sometimes, I won't scan everything but when I'm not sure about a product I would use it.

4. Can you tell us about a time - if any - you changed your purchase choice as a result of the app?

I do online shopping, so I only scanned once I got the product home, but I chose a different pasta sauce the next week once I saw the amount of salt!

5. We’d love to hear about any features you think could further improve the Food Scanner app?

A larger range of products - quite a few products weren't in the database. I'm surprised it didnt give you the option of inputting these details yourself to get some feedback.

Thank you for the opportunity to test!

witheringnights Sat 17-Feb-18 09:27:28

I think I answered the wrong questions!

1. Do you think the Food Scanner app helped you to make healthier food and drink choices?
Yes- I used it when shopping and either put things back or made different choices. Really helpful at the moment as we have no kitchen, so trying to choose healthiest ready meals etc

2. What did you and your family enjoy about using the Food Scanner app?
Visuals were good. Fast and easy

3. Do you think that you will continue to use the Food Scanner app?
Definitely

4. Can you tell us about a time - if any - you changed your purchase choice as a result of the app?
I changed my mind totally about buying some ready meals, and was able to find the least salty/sugary options for some beans and hoops- packaging can be very misleading

5. We’d love to hear about any features you think could further improve the Food Scanner app?
Alternatives are good- maybe links to quick recipe ideas

SeraphinaDombegh Sat 17-Feb-18 09:11:03

*1. Do you think the Food Scanner app helped you to make healthier food and drink choices?*
Yes, it was useful for checking things quickly and putting them in perspective with our overall diet. It made more of a difference to my DS than to me - the visual aid of sugar cubes/sachets of salt was easier for him to understand than just numbers.

*2. What did you and your family enjoy about using the Food Scanner app?*
We enjoyed using it to inform our snacking, in particular - it's easy for the fat/salt to mount up without realising. It gave DS the motivation to make healthier choices. Also, more simply, he enjoyed scanning things and making them go beep!

*3. Do you think that you will continue to use the Food Scanner app?*
We will if the database is expanded. Lots of Aldi products were not recognised, and as we do most of our shopping there, that's a problem for us! We'd like to use it more though.

*4. Can you tell us about a time - if any - you changed your purchase choice as a result of the app?*
We used it at home for choosing what to eat, rather than at the shop for choosing what to buy - so, no.

*5. We’d love to hear about any features you think could further improve the Food Scanner app?*
As already mentioned - bigger database so more of our food purchases are included.

witheringnights Fri 16-Feb-18 09:26:41

1. If you usually manage or monitor your family’s intake of sugar, how do you do do this?
By looking at the coloured bit at the bottom of packaging that shows salt/fat/sugar

2. How much would you say that you know about the sugar content in foods generally?
I’m not clear at all- things like flavoured water have loads in, which I didn’t know. Terrifying

3. Do you think the Change4Life app has helped you to understand the sugar content in your foods?
Definitely .

4. What have you learned while testing the app?
That home cooked really does tend to be better. But I’m not clear on whether alternatives to sugar in foods might have their own problems

5. When testing the app, was there anything that shocked you?
Just how much sugar is added to most foods. Our kitchen is being redone so we’re surviving with a microwave- I am a bit worried about the sugar and salt we’ve been eating recently!

wineandcheeseplease Fri 16-Feb-18 08:45:47

Would love to know when we will get the voucher

dstill1964 Thu 15-Feb-18 17:02:59

2: Was easy to use and the kids love a bit of tech .
3:Not sure
4: I didn’t but it was great to have that info to hand
5: Id recommend it to small families but statistically a nightmare to use constantly for me

dstill1964 Thu 15-Feb-18 16:59:33

1: yes it’s a good idea but not sure if people would have that amount of commitment

Trytowin Thu 15-Feb-18 13:19:02

**1. Do you think the Food Scanner app helped you to make healthier food and drink choices?

Not really it's very one sided! It should be more like mfp giving positives/more info too e.g vitamin content, protein content

2. What did you and your family enjoy about using the Food Scanner app?

The tech available though it does seem to be in its infancy with the app as there is no history that I could find also some attention to detail would be good rather than saying full fat milk = bad it could say little children can have a little more iyswim. Nutrition is more than calories/sugar

3. Do you think that you will continue to use the Food Scanner app?

I have coeliac so I read labels anyway so personally probably not unless extra features added

4. Can you tell us about a time - if any - you changed your purchase choice as a result of the app?
N/a

5. We’d love to hear about any features you think could further improve the Food Scanner app?

Better 'swaps' some of the swaps are flogging a dead horse and others were not even related to the meal what I was looking at!

It's a blunt tool and could help if it had more shades of grey (e.g did you know a pack of chips from the chippy is X, but a bag of sweet potato wedges or jackets is X)

BadlyWrittenPoem Wed 14-Feb-18 20:40:57

1. Do you think the Food Scanner app helped you to make healthier food and drink choices?
No. It told me that my cashews were "high in sat fat and sugar" and to make a healthier choice and when I scanned a kg tub of cashew butter (no added salt) it went crazy over the fat because it is based on the packet size and it told me I should spread peanut butter thinly because it is high in "sat fat and salt". And for sultanas it just told me they were one of my five a day and can cause tooth decay which I knew already. I was very disappointed by the limited information and the irritating animations and the basing of figures on pack size as it made it all very useless and the peanut butter comment on the cashew butter shows it hasn't all been done accurately.
2. What did you and your family enjoy about using the Food Scanner app?
Nothing. The animations were irritating and the graphics did little to help with gauging quantities.
3. Do you think that you will continue to use the Food Scanner app?
Definitely not. I gave up pretty quickly as it was useless irritating and inaccurate.
4. Can you tell us about a time - if any - you changed your purchase choice as a result of the app?
Never.
5. We’d love to hear about any features you think could further improve the Food Scanner app?
Accurate information. More nutritional information. Information based on sensible quantities rather than pack size. Graphics to be proportional so that it gives a visual comparison between different foods. Get rid of animations.

Jackyjill6 Wed 14-Feb-18 18:13:38

1 It didn't make any difference to be honest.
2 It had a novelty factor
3 I was hoping other family members would continue to use it but I don't think they will
4. Didn't happen
5. Would be more useful to have amounts of salt/sugar per portion

purplepandas Tue 13-Feb-18 16:13:04

. Do you think the Food Scanner app helped you to make healthier food and drink choices?
Definitely. Anything that makes you aware and actively thinking about sugar intake is good.
2. What did you and your family enjoy about using the Food Scanner app?
Ease of use. The children enjoyed using it when shopping. The sugar cubes were a nice touch (and scary to see!)
3. Do you think that you will continue to use the Food Scanner app?
Yes, I like it.
4. Can you tell us about a time - if any - you changed your purchase choice as a result of the app?
Less about purchases and more about what we have at home. More fruit!
5. We’d love to hear about any features you think could further improve the Food Scanner app?
Nothing I can think off right now.

SpunBodgeSquarepants Tue 13-Feb-18 16:12:10

1. Do you think the Food Scanner app helped you to make healthier food and drink choices?
No but I know which food choices are healthier anyway, I think. May help someone who doesn't know a bit more.
2. What did you and your family enjoy about using the Food Scanner app?
Sounds harsh but - nothing really! It's not really what I'd call an 'enjoyable' app to use.
3. Do you think that you will continue to use the Food Scanner app?
No.
4. Can you tell us about a time - if any - you changed your purchase choice as a result of the app?
I buy healthy foods anyway so app did not help me.
5. We’d love to hear about any features you think could further improve the Food Scanner app?
Nothing really - it does it's job will enough.

Cakeorchocolate Tue 13-Feb-18 15:22:52

MNHQ when will the vouchers for giving feedback be issued please? Thanks

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Shelbert75 Tue 13-Feb-18 14:55:38

1. Do you think the Food Scanner app helped you to make healthier food and drink choices? It just made us more aware of what was in what we're eating.
2. What did you and your family enjoy about using the Food Scanner app? My daughter wanted to scan absolutely everything. I liked the wee images that came up.
3. Do you think that you will continue to use the Food Scanner app? Probably not the last few items we tried to search didn't work.
4. Can you tell us about a time - if any - you changed your purchase choice as a result of the app? Nope
5. We’d love to hear about any features you think could further improve the Food Scanner app? Perhaps an option to save what snacks you've eaten that day or week.

MrsFig Tue 13-Feb-18 14:43:10

1. Do you think the Food Scanner app helped you to make healthier food and drink choices? It made me more aware of sugar content in some of the snacks we have for my DD but there wasn't data available for some of the items I scanned.

2. What did you and your family enjoy about using the Food Scanner app? It was really easy to use and showed clear results.

3. Do you think that you will continue to use the Food Scanner app? Possibly if more products data was available and maybe alternative suggestions available in app

4. Can you tell us about a time - if any - you changed your purchase choice as a result of the app? I reduced the amount of dried fruit given to my DD

5. We’d love to hear about any features you think could further improve the Food Scanner app? In app alternative snack ideas based on the type of snacks scanned. More data available - I don't think any of the snacks that the app found had a full set of data.

PipLongStockings Tue 13-Feb-18 14:23:13

Going to write review from the children's point of view

1. Do you think the Food Scanner app helped you to make healthier food and drink choices?
Yes allowed children to see different options and to pick from those, encouraging green for good choices.

2. What did you and your family enjoy about using the Food Scanner app?
Fun, colourful, interactive and technology based which is always a hit with kids.

3. Do you think that you will continue to use the Food Scanner app?
Yes when children accompany food shop which is not often

4. Can you tell us about a time - if any - you changed your purchase choice as a result of the app?
Comparisons of 2 (or more) foods from same group to sway children to choose lower sugar varieties.

5. We’d love to hear about any features you think could further improve the Food Scanner app?
Probably a short lived app which as they learn best foods wouldn't need to be used again.

MoltenChocolateBabycake Mon 12-Feb-18 17:25:39

1. If you usually manage or monitor your family’s intake of sugar, how do you do this?
Trying to use common sense and choose fruit and veg for most snacks instead of processed foods

2. How much would you say that you know about the sugar content in foods generally?
Quite a lot, I am interested in balancing my family’s diet

3. Do you think the Change4Life app has helped you to understand the sugar content in your foods?
Yes but it doesn’t look at overall nutrition ie dried fruit is high in sugar but also has nutrients rather than empty calories. It is an easy way to check though and makes it more fun for the children to learn about sugar

4. What have you learned while testing the app?
Nothing but the children are learning about why we don’t eat too much sugary food

5. When testing the app, was there anything that shocked you?
No

cluckyhen Mon 12-Feb-18 11:26:42

1. Do you think the Food Scanner app helped you to make healthier food and drink choices? - No, I already have a good grasp of what is high in fat and sugar BUT I do think it made the teens stop and think as they used it more than me.
2. What did you and your family enjoy about using the Food Scanner app? I liked the fact that foods that my children will argue as healthy actually showed up as some alerts to them. For once mum had the backing smile I think it is an ideal app for teens to show them that healthy choices are easy to make.
3. Do you think that you will continue to use the Food Scanner app? I'm not sure that I will as I follow quite a strict training schedule that include a training diet but I will encourage my teens to use it.
4. Can you tell us about a time - if any - you changed your purchase choice as a result of the app? N/A
5. We’d love to hear about any features you think could further improve the Food Scanner app? Pass

Havetohaveanewchufffingaccount Mon 12-Feb-18 09:02:24

I too have not received the voucher

MirandaWest Sun 11-Feb-18 22:17:36

I was wondering about the voucher too.

Cagliostro Sun 11-Feb-18 12:02:28

Takes a special kind of muppet to try spamming on a thread run by MNHQ hmm grin

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