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Foodtweeks app helps feed the hungry

Foodtweeks is attempting to get millions of people to be more mindful of their food by donating their uneaten calories to families in need.
Foodtweeks is attempting to get millions of people to be more mindful of their food by donating their uneaten calories to families in need. Tribune News Service

More than 200 million Americans are overweight or obese, and nearly 50 million don’t have enough to eat. Now, there’s an app to help with both problems.

Foodtweeks is an ambitious project to get millions of people to be more mindful of their food by donating their uneaten calories to families in need. Don’t worry, they aren’t donating half-eaten sandwiches.

Download the free app and start logging what you eat. The app makes suggestions about how to cut calories. Accept the changes that are right for you, and it keeps track of how many calories you avoided. After every 600 calories, it makes a donation to a local food bank on your behalf. Any food bank can join.

An example of a Foodtweek would be a suggestion to avoid the cheese on your burger or take the middle bun out of the double-decker sandwich. You might get a substitute suggestion if you’re out at a restaurant or a note that you should ask the server to cut the sauce in half.

Whether you are eating out, shopping at the grocery, or cooking at home, just type in what you are about to buy and the app will show you a few simple ways to trim some calories you probably won’t miss. It’s meant to reduce calories, not put you on a strict diet.

You can still eat whatever you want. But a side effect might be that you learn to eat more mindfully, cut calories on your own and hopefully lose some weight. Free in the Google Play and iTunes store. For more information visit foodtweeks.com.

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