Frequently, I get challengers that ask whether certain food items are a good healthy option. Fooducate is an app that I frequently refer them to, as it not only will give them the nutrition info, but will tell WHY certain foods are good options or bad options. It is available on your smartphone, giving the ability to scan items. Their website also contains information so you can do research at home on your computer.
When you scan the barcodes of foods, each product is given a letter grade (ie. A, B+, C-, etc) by using a scientific algorithm based on its nutrition facts and ingredient list. Fooducate recommends minimally processed, real foods that are naturally rich in nutrients and antioxidants.
The following are some screen shots for belVita Breakfast Biscuits. At first glance from the product, it *seems* like it may be a good option. However, as you can see, Fooducate gives it a rating of C+ (compared to other similar products).
On the following screen shot, it will explain the grade in greater detail (high in sugar – bad, high in fiber – good) to help educate you in your decision.
Here is a screen shot of the nutrition analysis. It also compares the calories to other similar products within the category.