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Yuka - Food & Cosmetic Scanner Negative Reviews

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Yuka - Food & Cosmetic scanner App Complaints & User Negative Comments 2023

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Not bad but why has fluoride been overlooked?Great little app to make you aware of some of the damaging additives added to our foods. However missing fluoride and marking it a (no risk) when there is so much evidence and so many scientific studies to suggest otherwise is a cause for concern. Makes you wonder if it’s to do with funding or if some of the secrets the big companies don’t want you to know are somehow brushed under the carpet. I’d say use the information with a pinch of salt and still do some of your own research on the more sensitive subjects.Version: 4.21

Can’t registerI downloaded the app and it won’t let me use it without logging in. The problem is that there’s no option for registering on the app or on the website….Version: 4.27

ConfusedIdk what to believe at this point why am I hearing that the Yuka app isn’t accurate and the ingredients in certain products aren’t actually studied properly and they just add information that’s most likely misunderstood. I downloaded this app for a reason so I know what I’m putting on my body and hair etc. I used to do my own research but I came across the app so I proceeded to go to the App Store. Just gonna delete the app now cos what else is there for me to do if the products I’m scanning aren’t true facts and I’ve been looking for good products to use on me that aren’t “reliable”..Version: 4.28

Quality check neededI really like this app, and can see its potential value. However, I think more work needs to be done to increase that value and usability. Like others have said, a lot of products are not in the database, which is understandable and will take time to build a large database. However, what I am finding is that there are discrepancies in the listed ingredients of a product in the app. A few items that I have scanned are deemed “bad” because they are (in the database) listed as having “sodium phosphate” amongst other additives. When you look at the actual ingredient list on the packaging, those additives are not listed. Now I don’t know if these were items added by a user but a more thorough quality checks needs to be done before you deem an item as “bad”..Version: 4.0

Pratique mais sévèreCette application est merveilleuse pour avoir un aperçu des produits qu’on achète et de leur qualités nutritionnelles. Cependant, je suis un grand consommateur de collations Biologiques, et la majorité sont attribués avec une mauvaise note sur l’application. Or, d’après mes propres recherches personnelles, ces aliments peuvent varier entre être très bénéfiques pour la production naturelles de testostérone, laquelle est reconnue comme étant non seulement plus qu’essentielle pour l’homme, mais également comme étant une problématique de carence parmi le genre en question, ou bien ces aliments se retrouvent à être des alternatives excellentes pour M. mme. Tout le monde qui veut être en santé mais manger des biscuits qui coûtent 6 dollars le sac. Ces aliments dont je fais mentions sont souvent même pas à 40/100 de bonnes notes. Les crevettes congelés… n’ont pas de bonnes notes. De plus, de nouvelles fonctionnalités très basiques sont offertes seulement sous un abonnement, offert pour encourager la communauté de cette entreprise. Avant de passer au premium, je pense que certaines catégories d’aliments mériteraient d’être revisité, ou du moins revisiter les critères de notation. Ceci est écris dans un objectif constructif, à prendre ou à laisser mais je suis certains que plusieurs utilisateurs seraient du même avis..Version: 4.28

Not That ImpressedThe app does have some useful nutritional info, some of which is not on the product labels, and for that reason alone I will continue to use the app. But I don’t agree with the rating system. The ratings take a “one size fits all” approach, which limits their usefulness. Anything it deems too high in sugar, fat, or salt is flagged as “bad”. For example, it flagged a liquid aminos product I’ve used for years as “bad” because it’s too high in salt. But I’ve never had high blood pressure, so salt is not a problem for me. I also think some fat is necessary in one’s diet. If I were to follow the app’s advice, I’d only eat vegetables and little else. However, I’m a vegetarian with IBS, so I watch my FODMAP intake. I didn’t see this information anywhere in the app. My point is that people are different, so a blanket approach doesn’t work for everyone. Also, a product like Himalayan Pink salt, which is rich in minerals, has a very different effect on the body than ordinary table salt. I tried to add it, but the only 2 salt categories were “table salt” and “sea salt” and this is neither. So I gave up. In addition, there are lots of products not in your database. This is understandable in a new app, but the process to add new products should be less cumbersome. This app is fine for people who know absolutely nothing about nutrition. But everyone should take the ratings with a “grain of salt”..Version: 4.27

Nice idea but…Downloaded the app and scanned 1st item: Crisco Veggie Oil, Wow. This scans as “Good”! Really? Check the ingredients list. It’s Soybean oil a GMO product that’s part of the bad oils group which are being used in 1000s of products and at practically every restaurant in the US. These are being marketed as ‘healthy’ because the FDA approved them. These oils are slowly poisoning our society, causing inflammation with every bite. They are terrible for your BRAIN, heart, and hormones. The FDA serves a purpose but is also part of the broken food system currently making Americans increasingly fat, tired and sick. Just a little research reveals that these highly refined oils, when heated up - as in for frying/ cooking… they increase inflammation in the blood and increases your risk of heart disease. SUGGESTION: Add a feature to your app that allows people to create TAGS for ingredients THEY want to avoid. That way, the many people who prefer food selections based on their own research about what’s “good” can make use of it. This version is useless to me if it gives a thumbs up to these terrible oils..Version: 4.27

Great if the product is already in the databaseGreat if the product is already in the database, but trying to add new products just results in frustration. Take the photo, add ALL the info it asks for only to repeatedly get an error message (despite strong wifi at my location). I gave up and will have to rely on the info already there..Version: 4.24

Does not focus on ingredients and poor alternativesFirst the good: the app is fast, scans quickly, user friendly, and Tracks what you’ve scanned. It also talks about questionable chemicals The Problems: the biggest problem is that it does not focus on ingredients, only the nutrition label. Does not even give you a picture or a list if the ingredients, not even for the alternative recommendations. Friends, Ingredients Matter! Ingredients are the first thing we should know about the food, before the calories, grams of sugar, amount of protein and fats. You can’t just read the amount of protein on a product label and know what you’re putting in your body. Not all ingredients are created the same, so the type of sugar matters, the type of fats matter, the quality of these ingredients matter, and how the body processes and uses the nutrients. This app will point out that there is too much sugar in a item, then go on to recommend a food with artificial sugar, which is so incredibly damaging to your health. It will recommend food with highly processed/refined oils, and foods high in glyphosate (which you can’t even read on an ingredient list) you just have to know what foods are heavily sprayed with chemicals, which is why people need good advice from apps like this, not more bad choices to replace the already bad choices..Version: 4.24

I’m deletingI appreciate that you read my comments and hope you will create a more transparent and unbiased app..Version: 4.1

No try before you buyMany of these apps aren’t well populated for an Australian market. This one doesn’t allow you to trial to search feature to get an idea of the database size. I found adding new products for them (I should be paid for this, no?) cumbersome and buggy. Unfortunately I’ll never know if this product is good because it’s behind a paywall. No thanks..Version: 4.21

I don’t see the valueJust about everything I scan has a very low rating from products in my home to things I randomly scan on shelves. You might as well just say everything is bad for you. It almost seems like this app tells you good things or gives higher ratings about products they want you to buy. I scan one aloe Vera gel that lists on its own bottle that it’s free from retinyl palmitate which is clearly a good thing, but the app recommends me another gel that says it does have retinyl palmitate and says it’s no risk and gives this gel a very good rating. Too many things just don’t add up Also, I tried adding an item that they didn’t know. Took time to type out all the ingredients listed, the product and brand for the app to tell me it couldn’t add it or give a rating. A product that has several ingredients that massive amounts of other products already on the app also have in them, yet, they couldn’t tell me if it was good, bad or otherwise 🤔. I’m not sure why this app has such a high rating.Version: 4.25

A hypochondriac’s worst nightmare, AVOID FOR UNNECESSARY ANXIETYAs much as part of me finds this app interesting, i really don’t think that governments would allow products on shelves if they were damaging, i mainly use this app to look up cosmetic products e.g. moisturisers shower gels, etc and just the anxiety it induces is not worth it, even things listed as low risk still have allergen potential, apparently most things aren’t 100% score, in fact a majority of stuff seems to be under poor or bad. The better recommendations are often not accessible in local stores in the UK so perhaps there is a geo setting that needs to be introduced to the app. And maybe even lists of places where you can purchase the better recommendations in well known big grocery stores. Also, I’m sure parfum/fragrance has allergen potential yet that is listed as no risk. It takes me long enough to choose the products i use. Now this app just makes me second/third guess everything and adds unnecessary worry and delayed time to my schedule.Version: 4.27

Good start but needs workThis app is somewhat helpful but it is not 100% accurate. I’ve had to correct several products that were rated “Excellent”, but were in fact “Bad”. The ingredients were incorrect. They need to limit users from adding products if they submit incorrect ingredients. Then also give the people who correct products a star rating or something that differentials the people submitting inaccurate info from the people who submit the correct info. Also they need to list the food ingredients similar to how they list beauty products ingredients. How will we know if someone has listed the proper food ingredients when they are not visible to the user. I hate how reporting into forces use of the apple mail app. This is so archaic are inconvenient. I use gmail so I will not install the apple mail app because the developers can’t figure out how to let you report info any other way. Please fix! I have several more suggestions but I’ll write another review later..Version: 4.18

Interesting but deceptiveThe information you show about products is useful, but boiling all that down to a single ‘health’ score is super deceptive and can be incredibly misleading. People will read into that score to mean what they want and not what it actually is telling them. You should instead encourage people to analyse each category and why it matters and why they may choose to consider or ignore it. Compare almond milk to oat milk for example: oat gets a much higher score so you’d think it’s ‘healthier’ and order your coffee. But it’s almost 5 times as calorie dense as almond which should be one of the major consideration for most. “Healthy” is so incredibly subjective and you take very few steps in this app to clarify what you mean by that. Also some of the issues you seem to have with certain additives have all of two over 10 year old citations. Is that even still relevant? What metric do you use to decide if something is worth mentioning or not? You’re also using inconsistent measurements between products. I’ve seen kcal, kj, and cals used pretty interchangeably making it really difficult for anyone to accurately compare one product to another. You really should standardise all your metrics..Version: 4.27

Why is there always a connection problem?Since I’m in Australia many of the items aren’t in the app so I have to manually add them. Whenever I do so, when I get to the nutritional value photo, it loads and states that there is a connection error. I have refreshed my wifi and switched to data and downloaded the app again but still it states there is a connection error. Why? I just want to know what simple foods rate as..Version: 4.12

Food is not “bad” or “good”While I understand the idea of having a simple traffic light system for healthier and unhealthier foods, it actually reinforces the habits of Eating Disorders. I’d really encourage against using a scale that labels food with quality, or honestly food logging in general. It’s one thing to be mindful of what you eat, but obsessing and tracking can lead to far unhealthier habits overall..Version: 4.28

So inaccurateI’ve just scanned a few products that are in my hairdressers and have found that the ingredients lists don’t match. Also says that the ingredients they flag are banned in Europe. Some of these products are actually made in Europe. 🤣🤣🤣. Talk about a bunch of morons. I looked at the list of founders and people that work in this business. Not a chemist amongst them. Might as well get your info from Sharon on Facebook. 🤣🤣🤣.Version: 4.26

Ne prend pas en compte le bio et sur note la viande et le laitBonjour, Pas fan de l’appli malheureusement des fruits/légumes bourrés de pesticides et de la viande ou du lait seront très bien notés. Pourtant, nul besoin de rappeler que pesticides/viandes/lait sont néfastes, ça a été clairement prouvé, plus d’excuses en 2020. Donc votre appli ne pousse pas les gens à arrêter de consommer ce genre de produits, vous y contribuez en qque sorte en y attribuant de bonne notes... une petite maj pour prendre tout ça en compte et promis je mettrai une bonne note :).Version: 3.18

Incorrect Product’s / Ingredient’s - No easy way to correct.I love the concept of this, however amongst my many scans, I have come across incorrectly labeled ingredients. For example, M&S Coconut water comes up as Easy Boil Noodles, and Corsodyl Mouthwash comes up as excellent - but that’s because it’s missing the main ingredient- which even the product lists as ‘May cause irritation and sensitivities’. There are more too. The most frustrating thing is that the only way to correct this is by sending an email through the mail app - which no one really uses anymore. There’s no email address, no online email form - it’s go through the mail app or nothing. And to do it - you need cookies enabled (for the mail app) - and who enables cookies these days? The app is good, but it could be excellent. If they could fix these barriers to entry then I think it would be a lot more user friendly - and overall a much more accurate app because it would be easier to correct incorrectly described products..Version: 4.31

DisappointedI’m from Australia, and I’ve just downloaded this app to test out a product only in Australia. The problem is, it’s taken 2 days for the FIRST product. It still isn’t ready which I think is just sad. Why make a app that can only recognise stuff from America? It takes way to long, and if your an Aussie trying out this app your probably in for more then a 2 day wait. This app has good reviews but this is a problem I’m pointing out for all my Australian people. You couldn’t fix it? This app is pretty good for good structure, and representation with helping you if your on a diet. But the waiting is my problem I have..Version: 4.17

Not usefulSuch a scam.Version: 3.37

Great Concept…but…Okay. So I love the concept of this app, and I love the countless number of products registered into its database! It has a great ability to spot the nutritional benefits in everything despite the product. However I’m, personally, not a fan of the good/bad ratings that the products are labeled with. It does make things much simpler to categorize, I’m just not too sure it’s a great idea to villainize foods based on the number of calories they have, nutritional info.. so on and so forth. Just my intake on it^^ I also found that some products I’ve done extensive research on, in regards to health, were considered “bad”. When in reality, they were one of the most nutritionally dense foods I’ve ever found! Purely Elizabeth granola for example! I just wonder whether or not this app actually takes into account a products ingredients and not just the number of calories or how many grams of sugar or carbs are in it. Perhaps the ingredient lists need to be updated…? Please do correct me if I’m wrong:).Version: 4.19

Great idea but..Results are non consistent with the reality: naturally occurring sugar in a product is rated the same way a product that got sugar added by the industrials. Great idea but more works are needed to make this app ‘a must have’.Version: 4.27

Good but this needs to be addressedI think the idea of this app is good but I'm not sure how healthy it is for people who are obsessed with weight. For example, I scanned my cereal box and it said that it was poor because of the calories (406). Checking the box I had, that’s per 100g. The serving size is 30g which is roughly 122 calories - if someone is calorie counting, that isn’t all that much for breakfast and perfectly acceptable (not poor). I think it would be easy for someone to get obsessed with looking at what foods are considered bad and good and then only buy the good - leading to under eating, being unsatisfied and having an imbalance in diet. Perhaps you want to change the calorie information to serving size?.Version: 4.28

Pas efficaceNe reconnaît pas 90% des produits que j’ai essayé.Version: 3.16

Des faits qui n’en sont pas (mensonge à tendance raciste !)La seule présence de Glutamate de sodium dans un produit baisse la note de façon extrêmement drastique, clamant que ça donne des nausées et des migraines. Or il a été prouvé que c’est un mythe, propagé dans les années 70 aux États-Unis pour empêcher les restaurants asiatiques d’être des concurrents. Pour une app se vantant d’être basée sur des faits scientifiques, ça serait bien si ça ne partageait pas des mensonges racistes vieux de 50 ans..Version: 3.37

Great concept, needs a better UIThis is hands down the missing peice to nutrition facts in the modern food/household goods supply. The detailed explanation and source references to common additives is invaluable for distinguishing between "healthy" and safe food and household products. Because the product database is crowd sourced, there are still significant gaps when trying to find data-- but the concept is solid. I would like to see product identification by a SKU/vendor cross reference, as sometimes the same product may appear in multiple stores under different SKUs. The UI needs a lot of work to make quick-referencing products easier. For instance, favorites and my products are isolated lists and should be combined. My products only works if the user scans and enters information themself. I would also love to see an integration with apps like Shipt or Instacart so I can quickly add/filter items I frequently order. Bottom line: This is worth the annual subscription fee; just be patient with the UI..Version: 4.13

Needs a bit of workMetrics are inconsistent, and many alternative products do not align with the scanned one. Why recommend non vegan / allergy friendly chips, when the scanner chips are? And plain oat milk, as an alternative to flavoured? Obviously that’s healthier, but people want to get a healthier substitute of the same product. Dark chocolate isn’t gonna be like a dairy free white chocolate. And the alt recommended has dairy 🤦‍♀️ A sauce, is not an alternative to a sprinkleable spice, either. Some of the “alternatives,” need a lot of work, however many are pretty good, I’ll give you that..Version: 4.28

New Update 11/11 Not GoodMy sister introduced this app to me, but apparently has a different version because when I just downloaded it, we realized my version is lacking the features that we both liked the most on her app. For example, we both scan the same product - a simple aquafor lotion - and the view is entirely different. It does not show you recommendations, nothing is categorized, you have to manually drop down a list to view ingredients and it doesn’t show you the actual rating system for those ingredients. Hers is SO much nicer and I can see why she likes it so much. It’s a shame because I was so bought into it after seeing hers that I downloaded and became a premium member and I immediately regret that choice now knowing my version isn’t the same and this app now feels useless because the features that were most convenient aren’t easily accessible anymore. It’s a shame that they got rid of some important features that align with their purpose. Until they fix this recent update, don’t download this app. Maybe it’s a new bug, but I won’t be using it until it’s fixed! Please fix this app!.Version: 4.23

Not very accurateThis app has a great design and is easy to use. I love scanning things around the grocery store or around my bathroom, but I find several things very annoying. There are often duplicates of the same exact product and many duplicates that have wildly different ratings - each with different lists of ingredients. One is rated Poor and another Excellent. How is that helpful? I find that the “ingredients scanner” camera feature is horribly inaccurate and doesn’t always pick up/ include what’s really listed (Ingredients can easily be found by searching for the product listed online, how is this not integrated to fix the discrepancies?). Duplicates don’t get flagged and corrected unless you complain - Why isn’t this more automated or at least consistently looked out for? Certain ingredients like Talc and Fragrance (Parfum) are listed as healthy when they are known to have caveats and potentially cause harm. Because of it’s flaws I can’t trust much of what this app tells me which is such a headache. PLEASE consider finding smarter technology or finding a way to hire more people to keep everything accurate..Version: 4.21

Very bad!! Says every product is bad and can promote disordered eating!Literally everything I own they said was bad when it’s not as i’ve done lots of research and know the products aren’t bad. Also having this done on food products is very risky and could lead to promotion of disordered eating as you’re saying things are bad but you need to have a balanced diet so yes Nutella is bad but equally it contributes to a balanced diet and you can’t have healthy options of everything because then eating becomes miserable and you won’t enjoy it as much and then could lead to an eating disorder. Would not recommend.Version: 4.19


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