Trash Panda Food Scanner 4+

Scan grocery ingredient labels

Sly Trunk

Designed for iPad

    • 4.8 • 2.8K Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



"This is the best shopping companion. This app has helped educate me and makes picking items at the grocery store so much easier! 10/10 would recommend." - App Store Review

Trash Panda is a free food scanner app that makes understanding ingredient labels easy. Find your good while grocery shopping just by scanning a barcode to see if foods have potentially harmful ingredients. Are you shopping gluten-free, dairy-free, low sugar, organic, plant-based, vegan or vegetarian? Keto or following Whole30? Let Trash Panda decode ingredient labels for you.


Trash Panda helps you identify potentially sketchy ingredients so you can find good stuff for you and your fam. Scan as many products as you like for free, or upgrade to our Membership for additional features.

It’s super easy, just:

- Scan any food barcode to see the list of potentially harmful, questionable or added sugar ingredients.

- Tap on each ingredient to understand its health impact, backed by scientific studies.

- No barcode? No problem. Just snap a pic of the ingredients list and Trash Panda can gather insights, instantly.

- Search by product to see top-rated products based on keywords.

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

- Create custom shopping lists for you and your fam.

Trash Panda is 100% free to use for scanning all products and checking ingredient labels. If you're interested in supporting Trash Panda's mission to increase access to healthy food, we offer a yearly subscription called Trash Panda Membership.

Upgrade to a Membership to get additional premium features:

- Flag additional ingredients for dietary restrictions like gluten and dairy.

- Access unlimited #trashpandaapproved shopping lists to find healthier grocery options.


Currently, we flag over 200 ingredients in our database as potentially harmful or questionable. All of these flagged ingredients are backed by scientific studies and include 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, you can truly make an educated choice based on your needs—giving you confidence and transparency in your grocery shopping experience. Our product and ingredients library is continuously updated with the latest research and information.

Find your good and join our Trash Panda community today. Happy scanning!

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What’s New

Version 7.0

We've made a few minor bug fixes and improvements to make scanning even better!

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.8K Ratings

2.8K Ratings

Cristobaloo ,

Great start

I like the idea behind this - to automate scanning ingredient lists and help educate me on some of the crazy things in food. But it not quite there. I am hoping they can extend this to allow modifications (I am okay with Honey!) and give an overall score to help me compare two products against each other (1 red is equivalent to how many yellows?) The heart is the in the right place, I am looking forward to the app being able to follow.

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

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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.

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  • Usage Data

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