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This New App Keeps You away from "Dangerous" Food

April 3, 2019

   

 

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DnaNudge, a new app, scans the barcodes of food and warns you if it isn’t suitable for your body.

The app can predict -

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Allergies to peanuts

As well as sensitivity to -

  • Salt
  • Fat
  • Carbohydrates
  • Caffeine

The results are all based on user DNA and it aims to discourage users from purchasing foods that are harmful to them. The user can either download the app or wear an electronic bracelet to help them make the best choices for their body. The app and the bracelet are both able to scan barcodes and will flash red if the item may be dangerous. When a food item is considered to be safe, the program will flash green.

The app and the corresponding bracelet device were designed and created by researchers at the Imperial College London, with support from Claire Murdoch, national director for mental health at NHS England and Chief Executive of the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. Ideally, Murdoch would like general practitioners to be routinely prescribing this to patients. Currently, the device is completing trials in London on type 2 diabetics and those with mental health conditions.

 

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