Yuka – Food & cosmetic scan 2022


Scan food & personal care products and evaluate their impact on your health
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Yuka scans food & personal care products to decipher their ingredients and evaluate their impact on your health.

In a world of incomprehensible labels, Yuka provides clarity in one quick scan so you can make clear-sighted purchases.

Yuka uses a simple color code to inform you of the product’s impact on your health: excellent, good, mediocre, or poor. You can access a detailed info page for each product, to help you understand its grade.


Every product is evaluated according to 3 objective criteria: nutritional value, additives, and the organic dimension of the product.


The scoring method relies on analyzing all of the product’s ingredients. Every ingredient is assigned a level of risk, based on current scientific research.


For any product with a negative grade, Yuka will recommend in total independence a similar product that’s better for your health as an alternative.


Yuka is a 100% independent application. This means that product evaluations and recommendations are completely objective: no brand or manufacturer can influence them in one way or another. In addition, the application does not advertise. Find out more about our funding on our website.



We're still improving the app and fixing the bugs you report! 🛠🥕


40 comentarios en "Yuka – Food & cosmetic scan 2022"

  1. Its amazing what you find! My favorite part though is not the finding out that what I’m eating is mostly garbage apparently (sometimes regardless the label) but that it breaks down exactly why and lists specifically each ingredient that affected the score and its purpose. That coupled with immediate suggestions of a similar food item that’s a better option. Fantastic app!!

  2. So quick and easy to use! Everyone should have this in their phone. Just scan the barcode and it is rated between excellent and poor. If you come across a poor rated product, alternative options are recommened. Nutrition facts and ingredients are broken down health wise. There are also links that further discuss toxic substances. 1st app I don’t feel the need to add or edit anything.

  3. I absolutely love this app!💗 I have always been very careful to read ingredients in food and personal care items but when scanning what I already have around the house I have run into unexpected surprises. I like how it explains why and gives me alternatives unless there aren’t any better ones. This will help me make better choices as I run low on things. This may help me figure out which ingredient(s) I’ve been having reactions to because some things I thought were good apparently are not.

  4. Absolutely love this app! A must have app for everyone. It’s quick to use without any glitches, and covers a large range of items. The suggestion feature for products rated bad and poor, is so useful. The idea and concept of the app is so simple but the impact it creates is tenfold.

  5. Love it. I would recommend having a double rating system though. One for additives and the other for overall nutrition content. Reason being I’m willing to work my meals around something that might be high salt for one meal but I will not accept harmful additives at all. The only way to easily see the difference is to dive into the rating.

  6. Amber H dice:

    This app is fantastic! It found almost everything I scanned and even the few items that it didn’t I was able to input. I am shook at how bad some of the things I have been using are. I am someone who tries to choose healthier items as well and I still had a ton of items rated “poor”. I love that it backs up what it says too with why these ingredients are bad. I’ve learned a lot.

  7. Jenn Page dice:

    Mind blown. I have spent so much time in aisles reading labels to buy the best stuff I could find. Turns out everthing I put on my body is POOR! Even the “all natural” makeup. We’re going to go get all new products now that we have the app to help pick them out. And it’s so quick and easy. I love that the app is self financed and independent from all brands. There are no ads even if you do free version. The makers actually care about the cause. I decided to pay for the pro version to support.

  8. This app is amazing! I do wish it had more studies in English as most of them are in Spanish, but translating with technology is not really an issue. You get everything the app has to offer without premium except a search bar, but you don’t really need it unless you’re trying to buy products online I guess. But you can scan anything in store and not only get information on that product, but recommendations for products better for you that are similar! Will be using for everything I buy!

  9. Kyle Paus dice:

    Awesome app. Here is a tip in case you don’t pay the subscription and you don’t have a product in front of you: Many stores online website show pictures of all side of a product packaging including the barcode. If your store doesn’t have a picture of a products barcode, check other stores! Not necessarily a full proof work around for every product but its better then nothing.

  10. I LOVE this app!! It’s helped me so much with cutting all the junk our if my life and all it takes is a quick scan. I love that they provide articles as to why the additives are bad instead of just saying so, so you can be more informed of what you are consuming. The developers also get back to you super quick when it comes to adding new products. My only “complaint” is that I wish that they could expand to cover things like detergent and cleaning supplies.

  11. I don’t like that it takes points off for food that has “too many calories”. That’s subjective and dependent on the person who is eating the food. 100 calories for some orange juice should not deduct THAT many points. I do, however, like using this for cosmetic products. It’s very helpful because I don’t know the technical names for many of the harsh or toxic chemicals in a lot of hair and skin care items. I also like how in depth it goes in describing why the ingredients are bad for you 🙂

  12. : dice:

    The score yuka gives to some items seems odd at times, but that’s not my issue. The issue is that I’ve used yuka on multiple phones, data, and wifi networks, but it still takes an hour for anything scanned to appear most of the time. Sometimes it’ll be instantaneous, but most of the time, it’ll scan, disappear, and the scanned item will decide to reappear after a few hours, sometimes a day. If I’m shopping for groceries, and scanning physical items in a store, I don’t have time for this.

  13. Day June dice:

    This app has been super helpful when I’m in the store. It seems out products with harmful additives for me. It also breaks down the overall health of a product in a very easy visual way. So if “too many calories” isn’t a concern of mine then I still buy the product. You can also favorite items which is super helpful for me to make a nice list of snacks I can buy in the future. Great app!

  14. Di Lu dice:

    Great concept, execution could be improved. The scanner is very unreliable. It doesn’t know if the picture is in focus or within a good distance, and it doesn’t have an UI for me to help out. You’d need a lot of free time and patience standing in the grocery store trying to scan products correctly. At which point just Googling the product is faster. Also doesn’t seem to work for non-american products.

  15. This is a super helpful and easy to use app while shopping. The numbers it rates foods can sometimes be misleading, for example, it says a That’s It bar has too much sugar since it doesn’t take into account that the bar also has the natural fiber from the fruits. However, it is super helpful it showing you any risky ingredients and I love how it explains why they are risky. I especially like using it to compare two different foods or beauty products.

  16. Updating my review to reflect the recent app update. It seems the data unavailable for common products was unintended and the developer was able to resolve in short order. I still stand by my initial feedback that showing nutritional highlights (additives, sugar, fat, etc) would still be highly beneficial to the user despite the lack of rating on certain product types. Outside of that the app works rather well, it’s an easy interface, snappy, and saves previous searches which is a nice touch.

  17. Simplicity to the point of elegance! Not only does it do well as it is advertise. But quick and without faultier. I was amazed at how well it worked and the immediate impact it had right away on my food choices. Some products that I had no idea even existed. Three scans in and I was sold! Excellent program. Good work, Thank you!

  18. It doesn’t recognize Everything, but this app has changed my life. I’ve spent so mich time, money, and effort trying to find the right hair and body products, only to discover everything I’ve purchased has been causing problems. I was shocked when I found products advertised as paraben free substitute with an equally harmful ingredient. And I am no longer using Bath & Body Works products. Thank you. This app is exactly what I’ve been needing.

  19. E H dice:

    Helpful with most products I own so far but there are some that are not in the app. I have scanned and added a few so I like that feature and that they add it with the new info pretty fast. This app has informed me of ingredients I wasn’t aware were harmful. What I don’t like is that you cannot manually type in to look up products by name without using a barcode in the free version. Some products I look up online don’t have an image of their barcode for me to scan.

  20. K G dice:

    So helpful when shopping, but also to go thru your cabinets and fridge. I’m learning more about foods and ingredients every day and this helps teach you what makes foods or cosmetics bad, and more importantly why. Had to turn off battery and data in the background though… My phone was getting very hot on charge and once I did that, my phone cooled down immediately.

  21. Nope don’trust this app. Two almost identical products(only flavour different) ended in the two opposite ends of their scale(good and poor). Depending on how much you detail ingredients, it’s very easy to fool the rating. Also,the scale is fundamentally wrong. 10% sugar in the diet isn’t healthy. That’s an outdated view. Plus no sign of taking glycaemic index into consideration? When adding an “unknown” product the camera wouldn’t focus, it’s impossible to take a non-blurry photo.

  22. A dice:

    this is the best app i’ve tested out of the three I tried. (better than redify and think dirty) It covers everything I’ve scanned so far, which the others didn’t. It gives in detailed analysis of why the products are bad, and shows scientific resources, as well as shows good alternatives. I love this app and will use it for every shopping trip from now on, highly reccomended

  23. Great app! Edit: I can’t delete any scanned product. The trash button doesn’t work and the delete menu item neither, or it crashes the app. Two stars removed as the app gets easily clogged with unwanted scans/products.

  24. This app is fraud, it’s so bad. I went around and scanned every salon products i could find and apparently they all failed. All the suggestions are cheap grocery store products, some of which have been publicly outed as having carzenigenic ingredients that make you hair fall out (all Unilever products). Then of course when you poke around it’s all part of the “algarithim” seems bought to me. People seem to like it tho so this review will get barried unfortunately. The app idea is awesome tho.

  25. I wanted an app to check for ingredients I avoid. This app requires an account to get past the login and will only let you add a dietary preference if you pay for premium. I dont mind at all paying for apps, but before I do so I want to test it out. Without premium, scanning (only works on barcodes, not the ingredients list) will give you the app’s rating for the product, the sources of which is explained in the ‘Scoring Method’ section. Not a bad app, just not what I was looking for.

  26. Olivia K dice:

    After scanning two food items I’m already not a fan of this app. I wish it provided a list of ingredients for the recommended products. RX Bars which only contain 8 basic ingredients rated poor. The app then recommended Quest protein bars which are full of additives and chemical sweeteners. The rating system favors products with additives and chemical sweeteners over whole foods with natural ingredients. The only scenario where this app seems beneficial is if you have diabetes.

  27. Motorola dice:

    Fantastic app for making better food and cosmetic choices! Customer service is great too. I needed to contact them to add a brand; they not only got back to me but made things dlsuoer easy. I also had trouble adding a product due to the tiny print on the packaging. They added it for me; and also told me about their online lookup option; where I can input an ingredient and it will let me know if it’s harmful to me. Well done team Yuka!

  28. Very simple app I like seeing the facts on the products I use. There are several products that aren’t there and I would add them but it won’t let me. Other than that good app. At least as far as I know. (It wont let me add any products)

  29. I love this app it has been really helpful and has taken a lot of anxiety out of buying and using products that are safe. I especially loved the fact that I could find things I’m allergic to especially useful around endocrine disruption, as I have severe reaction. Sadly I was unhappy the the gluten-free, lactose and palm-oil detection seems to be removed from the app. I hope it will be replaced and isn’t a permanent thing. Otherwise I would keep recommending it to people and rate it higher.

  30. L dice:

    Very good app, the core idea is absolutely incredible! However the app itself could really use an UI update: -could the favorites NOT be hidden in a submenu? Could it be split by categories (at least cosmetic/food, or even better customizable categories) ? -Could the different “notations” (fat, sugar, additives, …) be classified in the same order? It’s currently making any attempts at comparing two product quite painful. -following above, could a “comparison” tool be added? Thank you!

  31. Juliano S. dice:

    I’ve always struggled to understand the ingredient list in cosmetics and products, finally a solution to that problem! I’ve been using Yuka when shopping and at home, to figure out if I could improve on the products that I use. Something I appreciate is the amount of detail on why a specific additive may be harmful, and the evidence attached to it. On their website they also have some good blog articles, I’d suggest they make those accessible in the app.

  32. Best app ever. It helps me make better choices and telling me what exactly is not good for me. I love it because it gives you suggestion with what to replace if a product turns out bad. If you do not want to go with the options suggested is ok. At least you have more info about the products you consume. I was already reading labels before using this app but when it comes to additives I was in the dark because I didn’t know which are good and which are bad. I definitely recommend this app.

  33. I absolutely LOVE this app. It has so many great features. It has helped me maintain my focus on my journey towards a healthier lifestyle. I love that it breaks down WHY a product is not healthy, but suggests something similar that IS healthy. It’s completely changed the way that I shop and look at food now. I cannot say enough wonderful things about the YUKA app. I’ve recommended it to family. friends and hopefully anyone that reads this review will give a chance. You won’t be disappointed!😊🙏

  34. Christena dice:

    Very bias, fun but not helpful. Listed antioxidants and other very normal minerals that your body needs as hazardous. Only suggested fake meat dishes options for my Atkins protein drink, not really comparable. I have a degree in healthcare. This is not science but preference. Layout is nice though.

  35. Changing my life one scan at a time! I don’t walk around the store without this app. Makes me feel better to find products that are better for me and to make more informed decisions – labels can be so deceiving! I tell everyone about it and they’ve all started using it too!

  36. MK Y dice:

    Hi I think it’s a great app. I really enjoy it. However, I have a question. I scanned a product which contains yeast extract but it shows excellent. I think yeast extract is pretty bad, for example it’s in instant nuddles. What do you think?

  37. Hey, it’s a useful app for finding out what is unhealthy or what things you may enjoy are healthy from the app’s standards. But when finding out a product is unknown, some criticism, where after trying to fill in information (it makes sense), but the person filling it out is guessing from the nutrition facts which it receives and is still asking clarification on a particular fact in the serving. It would be good for a better way to fill out the information without irritation with it. Thank you.

  38. Emma dice:

    I can’t praise this app enough! If you’re ever looking for a way to look into what ingredients you’re consuming and absorbing through your skin, this is the way to do it. Not only does this app allow you to look into ingredients with detail beyond anything else I’ve ever tried, but they also give scientific sources on their findings! I REPEAT: THEY PROVIDE SCIENTIFIC SOURCES ON THEIR FINDINGS. If that doesn’t do it for you, I don’t know what else will haha.

  39. Adri dice:

    This is a great app. It scans pretty much any product I find and has helped me with healthy and nonhealthy food & cosmetic options. Premium isn’t bothersome and it’s your choice how much you pay per year, and it’s only to help with the app. I recommend this app to everyone.

  40. J Keig dice:

    I have found this app really useful for testing the products I was already using. What is really helpful is the suggested alternatives to buy a similar product but without harmful chemicals. I have found my skin and scalp are not itching anymore like they were when I was using my old products. Highly recommended

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