Oftentimes, we order from the menu not fully understanding what we plan on ingesting. Order Healthy was created to ensure that we are aware of the nutritional value of the foods we consume at our favorite go-to spots.
How does the app determine what is healthy or not? It pulls data from, Join The Challenge, a platform that crawls the description for ingredients and food preparation provided by restaurants. If the food is deemed healthy, there will be a green dot next to the item, if it is unhealthy, a red dot will surface. If it’s considered moderately healthy, the user will see a green dot. This entire experience mimics that of a traffic light.
According to a recent press release, Here are some key statistics, from the analysis, comparing the average Red (unhealthiest) vs Green (healthiest) rated food:
- 60% more calories
- 83.58% more total fat
- 117.65% more saturated fat
- 63.35% more cholesterol
- 43.59% more sodium
- 39.49% more carbohydrates
Currently, the app gives you access to over 10,000 restaurants so there is likely something near you to vet.
So why the color-coded combination? The press release stated that according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania: When researchers added color-coded or numeric calorie labels to online food ordering systems, the total calories ordered was reduced by about 10% when compared to menus featuring no calorie information at all.
The study is the first to evaluate the effect of “traffic-light” calorie labeling—where green labels signal low-calorie content, yellow labels signal medium calorie content, and red labels signal high-calorie content—in the increasingly common setting of ordering meals online. The result means more diners are finding themselves eating healthier meals.
Interested in improving your eating habits? You can access the app in the iTunes or Google Play store or click here.