Food Scanner app

Scan products to show pupils what's in their food


  • KS1
  • KS2


  • PSHE

What's this for?

The Food Scanner app brings food labels to life and helps you make healthier choices. Simply scan the barcode to see how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is in everyday food and drink.

Learning objectives

Pupils will be able to:

  • find out how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is in their food and drink
  • compare different products based on their nutritional content
  • use all of this information to make healthier choices

In the classroom

You can demonstrate the Food Scanner app when performing the Healthier Snacking Show PowerPoints for ReceptionKS1Lower KS2 and Upper KS2.

It also comes in handy when pupils are completing activities from the healthier snacking school council toolkit.

This is an update to the existing Be Food Smart app. It's now easier to scan food products for nutritional information. If you already have the app installed, you'll be prompted to install the new app.

Tip: when used on a tablet, rather than a smartphone, the app may require a steadier hand and take longer to register barcodes.


Supports the PSHE curriculum


KS1 — Core Theme 1: health and wellbeing

  • What constitutes a healthy lifestyle, including the benefits of healthy eating.
  • How to make real, informed choices that improve their physical health.

KS2 — Core Theme 1: health and wellbeing

  • What positively and negatively affects their physical health.
  • How to make informed choices and begin to understand the concept of a "balanced lifestyle".
  • To recognise opportunities to make their own choices about food, what might influence their choices, and the benefits of eating a balanced diet.

Try this

Encourage pupils to get their parents to download the Food Scanner app on their phones, and challenge them to start making healthier choices and meal plans during their next grocery shop.