EWG’s Food Scores houses information on tens of thousands of foods in a simple, searchable online format designed to guide consumers to healthy, affordable food that’s good for people and the planet.
The database includes more than:
• 80,000 products
• 5,000 ingredients
• 1,500 brands
How did we come up with our scores? We combine these ratings into a single overall product score.
-- Nutrition. The nutrition scoring algorithm considers multiple factors, including calories, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, sodium, protein, fiber and fruit, vegetable and nut content.
-- Ingredient concerns. The ingredient concerns algorithm focuses on factors such as the likely presence of key contaminants, pesticides, hormones and antibiotics and the health implications of certain food additives.
-- Processing. The processing score reflects EWG's best estimate of the extent to which a particular food has been processed. Scoring factors include modification of individual ingredients from whole foods and the number of artificial ingredients.
The Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 marked dramatic progress in the federal government's efforts to protect Americans from dangerous pesticides. The landmark legislation, which EWG played a major role in pushing through Congress, required EPA to assess pesticides in light of their particular dangers to children and to ensure that pesticides posed a "reasonable certainty of no harm" to children or any other high-risk group. This law is credited with reducing the risks posed by pesticide residues on food. It forced American agribusiness to shift away from some of the riskiest pesticides. But worrisome chemicals are not completely out of the food supply. Residues of many hazardous pesticides are still detected on a handful of foods.
A lesser-known "Consumer Right to Know" provision of the 1996 law required that EPA inform people about possible hazards to their health brought about by consuming pesticides with their food. It ordered EPA to publish and distribute in grocery stores plain-English brochures that discussed the risks and benefits of pesticides on food. These brochures were to offer recommendations so shoppers could reduce their dietary exposures to pesticides. The agency published such a brochure in 1999, but it failed to detail the actual risks of pesticide exposures and give consumers clear information about the foods with the most pesticide residues to help them reduce their exposures. EPA stopped publishing it altogether in 2007. Today, EPA offers some information about pesticides and food on its website. But it does not list foods likely to contain the highest amounts of pesticide residues nor those that pose the greatest dangers to human health. Most importantly, the EPA does not offer the "right to know" information Congress required on behalf of consumers in 1996: how to avoid pesticide exposures while still eating a healthy diet.
That's where EWG comes in. Because the EPA has not complied with the Congressional mandate in full, for more than a decade EWG has published an annual guide to help people eat healthy and reduce their exposure to pesticides in produce. Armed with EWG's Shopper's Guide, millions of people have opted for those conventionally-raised fruits and vegetables that tend to test low for pesticide residues. When they want foods whose conventional versions test high for pesticides, they can go for organic.
Some 65 percent of thousands of produce samples analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture test positive for pesticide residues. That's bad news for the growing number of Americans who want to minimize their consumption of pesticides.
Parents' concerns have been validated by the American Academy of Pediatrics, which in 2012 issued an important report that said that children have "unique susceptibilities to [pesticide residues'] potential toxicity." The pediatricians' organization cited research that linked pesticide exposures in early life and "pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems." It advised its members to urge parents to consult "reliable resources that provide information on the relative pesticide content of various fruits and vegetables." One key resource, it said, was EWG's Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce.
With EWG's Shopper's Guide, consumers can have the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables with less exposure to pesticides.
Your grooming rituals probably include shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, lip balm, sunscreen, body lotion, shaving products (if you’re a man) and makeup (if you’re a woman).
And what about your children? Sunscreen, diaper cream, shampoo and lotion are common kids’ products.
Most people use cosmetics and other personal-care items without a second thought, believing that the government makes sure they’re safe. Not so. No health studies or pre-market testing are required.
EWG’s Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database is the world's largest safety reference tool for personal-care products. EWG has launched this app to provide you with easy-to-navigate safety ratings at your fingertips for a wide range of products and ingredients on the market.
Americans’ frequent exposure to cosmetics and personal-care products raises questions about the potential health risks of the myriad under-assessed ingredients they contain. These ingredients end up in the bodies of nearly every American.
When you know what chemicals are in the products you bring into your home and how they may affect your health and the environment, you can make informed purchasing decisions — and help transform the marketplace.
This Skin Deep® app has information and online safety assessments for more than 72,000 personal care products, 2,500 brands and 9,000 ingredients, culled from product labels and from the scientific and industry literature.
To calculate a product score, we tally the hazards of each ingredient and evaluate every product in relation to all the others in Skin Deep®. The safest products score well by both measures: a low hazard rating AND fair or better data availability. EWG’s ratings are the best available information you can find on the safety of personal-care product ingredients.
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• Hundreds of ingredient substitutions divided into main categories: Herbs, Spices and Seasonings Substitutions, Assorted Baking Ingredients, Cheese and Dairy Products, Eggs, Fats, Oils and Vinegars, Fruits and Vegetables, Healthy Substitutions, Low-Fat Substitutions, Alcohol Substitutions for cooking
• Cooking Conversion Calculator to convert units between the most common (and not so common) measurement systems Imperial (U.K.), U.S. customary, and metric
• Search function to find ingredients easily
Find healthy or low-fat food substitutions for your recipes easily!
The Guide gives you valuable information on common GM ingredients, brands to look for—and look out for—and simple tips to help you find and avoid GM ingredients!
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Radiated; Concentrated; No added Sugar;
Diet; Sucralose; By-products; High Fructose
Corn Syrup. These words are the 'good' side
of the ingredients found in most of our foods.
The others side is suspect or known harmful
ingredients that we either can't pronounce
and don't know what they are or just things
we do understand but know that are very
harmful to us. These include things like
artificial sweeteners, aspartame, pesticides,
herbicides, fillers, GMO products, and
the new Frankenstein chemically induced products.
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Earn rewards for providing feedback and completing “missions.” Missions are a new way for you to provide feedback to companies that want to know what you think about their products. In return you will earn rewards for Tango Cards that can be redeemed for gift cards from top-name brands.
Consistently ranked as one of the top Health & Fitness apps, and featured by Apple, NBC, CNN, the Today Show, and more, ShopWell was created by Registered Dietitians, and is a community partner of the USDA.
SHOPWELL HELPS YOU
- Learn which foods match your dietary needs
- Achieve your health goals such as weight management or lower cholesterol
- Avoid ingredients you don’t want such as added sugar & trans fat
- Read food nutrition facts panels, calorie count, and ingredients
- Avoid allergens like gluten & lactose
- Scan foods in the supermarket or at home
- It is like having the knowledge of a personal nutrition expert in your pocket.
ShopWell can help you eat better if you have these goals:
- General Health
- Weight Management
- Heart Healthy
- Gluten Intolerance
- Digestive Health
- Athletic Training
- Lactose Intolerance
- Anemia (Iron Deficient)
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Type 2 Diabetes
ShopWell can help you avoid these food allergies:
- Animal By-products
- Tree Nuts
ACTUAL USER REVIEWS
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“Great app! Shows lots of options that match what I'm looking for, so I don't get boxed in to the most expensive brands.”
“It’s hard for the average person to decipher a nutrition label or an ingredient list. This app makes it easy to do so.”
HOW SHOPWELL WORKS
ShopWell takes the guesswork out of deciphering food nutrition labels while you shop at the supermarket by providing you with personalized food scores. ShopWell’s scoring system and scanner assesses foods based on your age, gender, health goals, diet needs, and your ingredient and nutrition preferences.
Food scores range from 0-100 and are bucketed into three categories: Green scores are a strong match for your diet, so are typically okay to eat in normal portions. Yellow scores are a medium match for your health, so you should read the labels carefully. Red scores are a weak match for your diet, or contain a potential allergen so these foods should be avoided or only be eaten occasionally in small portions.
ShopWell draws on trusted resources and guidelines set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the latest peer reviewed research.
ShopWell works with United States based grocery foods only.