This post might seem a bit late as I’ve been using the application, Yuka, for a while now, but honestly I wanted to give it time before writing about it here. I had a couple of questions that I wanted to find answers to before I could really make my mind up.
Lately it seems that more and more people are being careful when it comes to what they eat. Cancer, for example, seems to be everywhere. Sadly, I don’t know one person in my entourage who does not have a family member suffering or going through cancer. Is it genetic, environmental, or caused by what we eat? What is it that we really eat?
The first time I started using Yuka was when it was solely focused on food products, way before they started working with beauty products too. I initially loved it because it made it easy for me to understand what was in my food. I have no educational background in food, research, and analysis. So when people advised me to look at the back of the packages to check out the food composition, I said to myself: Ok, but what does it mean exactly?
What is disulfite de sodium, polysorbate 60, nitrite de sodium, ascorbate de sodium, ….??? ? ?
I started scanning everything I could. I was surprised, sometimes even stunned. One of my good friend only buys expensive food products. She is convinced that the more expensive it is, the better it must be for your body. I beg to differ. Which is why, I thought we would experiment with this app. We ended up buying a can of vegetables each. Hers was about 4 Euros, mine just 0.99 Euros. Guess what? My can was rated excellent, hers was mediocre. I was left stunned.
Once again, this just proved that money does not mean everything.
But I did have a little feeling of hesitation. When you scan the product, you get a rating, the composition, but also suggestions and recommendations. My issue is – how is the application financed? Obviously, they have employees and founders who I believe aren’t working for free. So where does the money come from? Does it come from the companies that are highly recommended? Are they really independent and neutral in their work?
I’ve talked to several people about this and apparently Yuka is really neutral. But most importantly, they care about the people and their well-being. Personally, I have been making significant changes in my own life and the way I buy my products. It has become natural to consult Yuka.
Recently, I’ve even been using this application for my beauty products. It’s frightening to know just how badly rated some of my products were.
So far, I think the Yuka application is easy-to-use, simple to navigate, with a good scanning system. It has helped me understand what is in my food or beauty product – what is good or what is bad. But because nothing in life is perfect, I am also extra careful for any possible errors, i.e. the weight of the product, if the photo doesn’t match the product, and etc. I also adjust my diet if the product is rated as too salty or too sweet.
Have you heard of the Yuka application? If so, what do you think of it?