Late last year EWG, the nonprofit research and advocacy group dedicated to protecting human health and the environment, released an easy-to-use food database and mobile app that will house ratings and a vast array of other information for more than 80,000 foods from about 1,500 brands in a simple, searchable, online format.
The food database also has a unique, interactive function that allows users to customize each product’s Nutrition Facts panel by their age, gender, and life stage, including pregnancy. Users can also limit their searches to find only certified organic, GMO-free, or gluten-free foods.
But where the app becomes your best allies, is at the supermarket, where you can scan the items you pick up from the shelves to confirm whether the product is acceptable to yours and EWG's standard.
According to EGW's ranking, 1 is the best score achievable, and 10 is the worst, based on factor such as chemicals and unhealthy ingredients that can be avoided by choosing healthier choices.