Trash Panda Food Scanner 4+

Scan grocery ingredient labels

Sly Trunk

Designed for iPad

    • 4.9 • 2.7K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Trash Panda is a free app that makes reading ingredients labels easy, so you can avoid potentially harmful ingredients and find the good stuff while grocery shopping. Are you shopping organic, plant-based, vegan, or vegetarian? Keto or following Whole30? Allergic to sugars, gluten, or dairy? Let Trash Panda decode ingredient labels for you.


Trash Panda helps you identify weird ingredients in your food so you can find the good stuff. It’s free to use for scanning an unlimited number of products. Simply:

Scan any food barcode to see the list of potentially harmful or questionable ingredients.

Tap on each ingredient to learn more about its health impact and view references

No barcode? No problem - Trash Panda can gather insights from a quick photo of the ingredients list.

Search by product to see top rated products based on keyword.

Find clean-ingredient alternatives from high-quality brands and get exclusive discounts.

Save your favorite products to custom shopping lists.

Access unlimited #trashpandaapproved shopping lists to find healthier grocery options with a Trash Panda Membership

While marketing claims in the grocery aisles may be misleading or confusing, Trash Panda helps you make a truly educated choice – giving you confidence and transparency in your grocery shopping experience.


We flag over 200 ingredients as potentially harmful or questionable in our database, including all names for added sugar, natural flavors, artificial flavors, food dyes, chemical additives, inflammatory oils, gums and more. By identifying these additives in your food while grocery shopping, you can be more aware of how you feel when consuming them, and make more educated choices about the products you choose to buy. Our product and ingredients library is continuously updated with the latest research and information.


Trash Panda is 100% free to use for scanning all products and checking ingredients labels. If you’re interested in supporting Trash Panda’s mission to increase access to healthy food, we offer a yearly subscription membership. This membership unlocks access to shopping lists of our top recommended products by diet, grocery store, and more.

Find the good stuff and join our Trash Panda community. Happy scanning!

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What’s New

Version 5.5

NEW ways to find YOUR good! What you've been asking for is finally here. Personalize your Trash Panda experience by flagging additional ingredients based on dietary preferences. We're offering Gluten and Dairy as our first options. In addition, by popular demand, Added Sugars is now its own category. Happy Scanning!

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.7K Ratings

2.7K Ratings

Claire Sorlie ,

Certified Nutritionist approved!

I advise all of my clients to read their ingredient labels because I believe it to be one of the best things you can do for your health. But I used to always run up against a wall because it can be difficult for my clients to remember all of the hundreds of different additive names, what they exactly are, why they’re not great for the body, etc. Trash Panda takes away all of that stress and guesswork with their easy to use app!

K4pnt ,

Still figuring out app

Ok so this prompt literally just appeared on my screen to rate this app. I have only been using this app for one hour. I guess I like it so far, but I don’t feel comfortable giving it a five star rating with only one hour usage since I don’t fully know the features. I will say that I haven’t understood why it rates agave nectar as potentially harmful (Is it because of where it lies highly on the glycemic index scale like sugar, or that it’s “too processed”, or both, if in excess, potentially leading to something like hypoglycemia or diabetes?). So it would be nice to know if there are links to the empirical research/reasoning behind the ingredient ratings. Anyway, a fairly good app for this first-time user who wants to make healthier choices and be aware of alternatives for better nutrition.

Developer Response ,

Hi there! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. You can tap on any ingredient that's flagged in the app to read more about it and see the links to the studies we reference. For agave nectar in particular, it has a very high glycemic index which means it will spike blood sugar more easily than some other forms of sugar. If you have any other questions, please feel free to let us know at Happy scanning!

Self-Starter 25 ,

This App will not help you eat healthier

This app has two basic call outs for “bad” ingredients (1) problematic and (2) questionable. This two tier system is a little too simple for an app and has one major flaw - it identifies added sugar as questionable and not problematic. The ingredient, added sugar, that is the main driver behind the majority of chronic disease in America is “questionable” and not “problematic”?

This app leans into the obfuscation of nutrition where preservatives are more demonized than the huge amounts of sugar being added to our diets - the causality is clear. This system allows companies to sell sugar loaded products that are given a “health washing,” because they are “natural”

For example, their bbq article recommends Noble Made by the New Primal’s BBQ Sauce, which uses Pineapple Juice as a main ingredient. Pineapple Juice is mainly fructose and should be avoided in any healthy diet, as fructose is not metabolized by the body and goes right to the liver, causing fatty liver disease (among many other problems).

Nutrition science is becoming clear. This app is not.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for your feedback. We are currently working on a different way to flag added sugar. We appreciate you checking out the app and if you have any other thoughts, we would love to hear them at

App Privacy

The developer, Sly Trunk, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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