Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health Launches New Mobile App That Tracks Sugar Content in Common Beverages Sold in Singapore
Singapore - A new mobile phone application that helps track the sugar content of beverages commonly sold in Singapore has been developed and launched on the iTunes App Store, now providing a previously absent resource for consumers in Singapore.
Developed by researchers at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, the new Sugar Alert! smartphone application will also allow users to find out the amount of activity required, according to one’s weight, to expend the calories in a particular beverage.
Users can identify a beverage by either scanning the barcode or type in the name of the beverage and find out how much sugar in corresponding numbers of teaspoons that beverage contains and how much of a particular physical (for e.g. jogging), selected from a list of over 100 different activities, they need to engage in to use up the calories in that beverage. The app also contains information on beverages sold at popular coffee and fast food chains, as well as useful health information on the health risks associated with consuming sugar-sweetened beverages.
Associate Professor Rob van Dam of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and his team of nutritional epidemiologists took six months to work with developers to create Sugar Alert! “This app leverages the data of the sugar content data bank which the School launched on October 2011. It helps provide sugar content information in beverages at a glance and we believe it will guide and empower consumers to make healthier choices for themselves and their families,” said Assoc Prof van Dam.