Under the shadow of life acceleration, technological era and the stunning advance in human needs, people seek to anything that can save time and effort even in eating.
As a result of shortage of time, along with hard work and production, fast food has become popular among people. From here the exigent need for fast food and ready-made snacks has become a necessary evil.
Many and various food products have been produced to meet the changing tastes and desires of consumers. Yet, depending on processed and fast foods for many years has led to many symptoms and health problems -that were not even known in the past centuries- such as excessive movement and hyperactivity in children, asthma, breathing problems, uncommon types of cancer, food allergies, some digestive disorders and others.
According to several studies and scientific researches in nutrition and health, researchers found that most food preservatives and additives are considered the main cause of many health problems.
These food additives and preservatives take many forms. They are used to preserve food for as long as possible, and to give different flavors and attractive colors that may provoke people to keep using them most of the time. Unfortunately, most of these additives used in food are chemicals produced commercially. Using natural preservations and color additives is extremely rare.
So how can we distinguish between healthy foods and unhealthy foods that contain dangerous additives? How can we discover those bad materials and avoid them? And how to keep ourselves and our family healthy?
From here the idea of making Pichu mobile app. has come alive. But what is Pichu? And how can it help raise awareness about food products that we buy and consume daily?
Pichu is a free and simple-to-use mobile app that helps people find out the bad substances in their food, without the need of reading and understanding all the ingredients on the product label before deciding to buy the product. Moreover, the app helps people to avoid buying products that may contain harmful additives by only scanning the product barcode. In other words, Pichu app helps you know if the foods you are willing to buy from the store are really food!
A team of nutrition specialists and experts are currently working on Pichu app. Their mission it to analyze the nutritional facts of each product, and investigate the ingredients to discover any harmful chemicals that may cause health problems or allergies that may not be suitable for some people.
How does it work?
Run the app while you are in the store, and then by scanning the barcode of the product you want to buy, the app will immediately show the nutrition facts of the product providing you with the number of calories and the amount of sodium, sugar and fat in the product.
In addition, the app will show a warning sign about the harmful and cancerous ingredients in the product and the possible side effects.
All you need to do is to scan the product barcode and then you will be amazed with the results that will make you more aware of what stuff is in your daily consumption.
The app consists of a database containing more than 100,000 food product. It should be noticed that if you searched for a product and didn’t find it! It is fine! You can take a picture of the product, upload and send it to us, and we will show a complete analysis for the product as soon as possible.
The app is available for IOS and Android.
Bayan Tayeh
Bayan works as a content writer and graphic designer. She is highly interested in the field of healthcare and health education. Her goal is to change the way people think about sticking to some dietary habits, and to encourage them consume real food, as possible, so we can build a healthier world.