Imagine how different your grocery cart might look if a dietitian tagged along on your next trip to the market. Try the next best thing: free mobile apps designed to make your choices easier—and more nutritious.

Is calcium propanoate safe to eat? How about those other bizarre-sounding ingredients on grocery labels? Chemical Cuisine gives you the scoop with just a few screen taps. Each ingredient gets a color-coded designation—green for “safe,” yellow for “cut back,” orange for “caution, needs more testing,” red for “unsafe” or blue for “certain populations should avoid”—as well as science-backed reasons for the rating.This app helps you navigate one of the store’s most confusing aisles: supplements. LabDoor tests hundreds of supplements for label accuracy, product purity, nutritional value, ingredient safety and projected efficacy. Each supplement gets an overall grade (A to F), a summary of the test findings, and quality and value rankings compared with other products in that category.Scan items before you buy to discover whether they align with your health goals. Each product receives a score (determined by registered dietitians) from 1 to 100. You can also read the “why” behind the score or peruse suggestions for healthier choices. Before you start, you have the option to create a profile, indicating dietary preferences and restrictions. Don’t skip it—it allows the app to customize the product scores according to your needs.
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