February was American Heart Month. Valentine’s day aside, how did your heart fare?
According to the CDC, over 700,000 Americans have a heart attack each year. About one in four US deaths is from heart disease – 600,000 people a year! The annual financial burden of heart disease is over $300 billion!
But enough negativity, there is some good news too. Each and every one of us can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease by taking preventive measures such as eating right, exercising, and quitting smoking.
And starting today, Fooducate can help you make heart healthy food choices. We’ve updated our iPhone app (version 3.10) and Android app (version 1.32) to include heart related goals that you can define in your settings screen:
- Eat heart healthy
- Lower cholesterol
- Lower blood pressure
If you choose “Eat heart healthy”, the app will let you know when a product you scan is considered “heart healthy” as defined by the American Heart Association. See screenshot:
If you have either high blood cholesterol levels or high blood pressure, mark those goals as on. Turning any or several of the options on at the same time is perfectly fine too.
All product grades are adjusted to the goals you have specified. When you select a certain goals product grades may be lower or higher than in a generic case. For instance, soup rates “B” To show you that your product grade has been personalized, you will see the wording “PERSONALIZED” Appear above the letter grade. See screenshot below for example.
Please try this out and let us know what you think!