Slimming World Has Launched A Barcode Scanner That Checks Syns For You

Anna Lewis
·2-min read
Photo credit: Slimming World
Photo credit: Slimming World

From Delish

If you are or have ever been a member of Slimming World, you’ll know all about the importance of syns.

Trying to find how many syns certain foods have can be a nightmare sometimes. Surely, I’m not the only one who’s taken her Food Optimising book to the supermarket, am I?

And, yes, you can look up syns on the app or online, but I’ve always wondered if there was a simpler way. And now there is!

Slimming World has just announced that it’s launching a barcode scanner, which will let you check syns as quick as a flash. Well, as quick as a scan, actually…

SW members will now be able to scan an item’s barcode using their phone to find out whether a food is free, a healthy extra or has a syn value.

Photo credit: Slimming World
Photo credit: Slimming World

Nutritionist Emily Young and her team have verified all 55,000 products currently in the database. She explains: “There’s so much free food at the heart of the Slimming World plan that you can’t – and don’t need to – scan. So, there’s no need for anyone to worry that they can’t find a barcode on their banana! In fact, it’s completely possible to Food Optimise effectively and lose weight beautifully without the Slimming World scanner – just as our members have been doing for 51 years.

“However, members told us that this tool would be a great extra in their slimming armour, especially when they’re shopping or out and about and it can be fiddly to type in keywords, so we listened and are delighted to now have launched the Slimming World Scanner.”

She adds: “The Slimming World Scanner isn’t like any other available. It’s totally specific to Food Optimising and where most other scanner apps are crowdsourced, with the values added by users, meaning that accuracy can’t be guaranteed, with our scanner every single item in the database has been checked and verified by our head office food team. We needed our members to know they could trust the scanner and we wanted it to be a helpful addition in their weight-loss journey, not just a techy gimmick. The great news is we’ve already had lots of positive feedback, with people saying the scanner is aiding their food learning and helping them to make the healthiest choices – either from their own cupboards or when out shopping.”

The Slimming World Scanner is available now to all members in the Slimming World app. New members will get access to the app and Slimming World Scanner from day one of their membership. Members can download the app for free via the App store or Google Play.

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