Trying to keep things clean? It can be difficult, as it’s a dirty world out there! Luckily, you have technology on your side, and with these handy apps at your fingertips, you’ll be equipped to make more informed choices when it comes to food.
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Dirty Dozen: We've all heard that list of produce items we should buy organic, but it can be hard to remember! Keep this app by Environmental Working Group (creators of the annual Dirty Dozen and Clean Thirteen lists of produce with the highest and lowest amounts of pesticide residue) at hand to help you make confident choices the next time you're at the grocery store. Find it here.
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Food Tripping: As someone who travels frequently, this app makes me SO excited. It's a GPS-based, ever-growing database of healthy eating options when you're in places you're unfamiliar with (everything from farmers markets to microbreweries to organic coffee shops and more). Get it here.
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Eat Slower: Okay, so this app isn't strictly focused on clean eating, but it does apply to healthier eating habits. Just set a pace you'd like to keep and the app will help you on track to eat at the pace you've selected. It can help with mindless eating and keep you from multitasking – allowing you to be more present and actually enjoy your food in a more healthful manner. Get it here.
Dune Park Software
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Fooducate: Shop smart with this app in hand, as you can scan barcodes as you shop and quickly learn each item's nutritional value in an easy-to-digest way: with a letter grade rather than a long list of ingredients. Get it here.
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True Food: Genetically modified foods aren't required to be labeled in the U.S., and so this app helps identify common GM ingredients, brands to stay away from (and brands to choose with peace of mind) so you can confidently fill your grocery cart. Get it here.
Center for Food Safety
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ShopWell: Tell this app your dietary goals and restrictions (Are you suffering from Celiac disease? Are you a vegetarian?) and then scan barcodes of food items to learn if they're a good match for your goals. Get it here.