Introducing Life Rating™

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“There’s more to it than calories”

Was your breakfast healthy? Is all fat bad for you? Isn’t salad always a balanced meal?

These are the questions Life Rating™ answers. Eating healthily isn’t just about how many calories you eat, it’s about choosing foods that contain all the nutrients you need to be happy and well.

Life Rating™ aims to help you:

  • Learn about healthy eating, not just count calories
  • Get a clearer idea of how healthy the foods you eat really are
  • Discover how simply switching brands can have a positive effect on your health
  • Find healthier alternatives for your favorite foods
  • Eat better

Life Rating™ comes in three forms: food, meal and day. All the ratings range from A to E, with ‘A’ being the best choice to go for, and ‘E’ being the choice you should try to avoid most.

Here’s how the different ratings work:

Food – These ratings look at the levels of fat, protein and carbohydrate in each food, along with its calorie density and the type of food it is.

Meal – These ratings focus on how well the meal met your goal for calories, macronutrients and micronutrients, as well as looking at how much of your meal was healthy or unhealthy.

Day – These ratings are similar to the ratings for meals but focus on how well the meals you ate during the day met your daily goals, along with the proportion of your day that was healthy or unhealthy.

Life Rating™ is here to help you learn more about food, so that you can eat and feel better.

Click here to find out what our users think about the Lifesum app!

With Lifesum, tracking your healthy habits (and the not so healthy ones) becomes a breeze. We’ll help you pick the right food, and eat the right portion sizes, to reach your personal health goals.

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  1. By Onwabile Ndzumo on Sat Feb 13 2016

    can you send me more information on the ratings.

    • By femi on Tue Feb 16 2016

      Hi, of course. Click the link to read all of our FAQs about the ratings.

      Kind regards,


  2. By Kaat on Wed Apr 06 2016


    I’m wondering why low fat yoghurt is D? I’m not adding any sugar.

    • By femi on Wed Apr 06 2016

      Hi Kaat,

      It’s not just about the sugar, so there might be something else contributing to the grade. Can you email a picture and full description of the item to




  3. By Lena on Fri Oct 28 2016

    I usually have about 200 calories allowed for a Snack in my app. But that number has gone down to zero and the meals calories have gone up to make up for the loss calories. Why has this happened?

    • By Femi Agbaje-Williams on Mon Oct 31 2016

      Hi Lena,

      Can you send information about your device and the issue with your calories to Our customer support team will do their best to fix this for you right away.



  4. By Audrey on Fri May 05 2017

    I am using Lifesum and when I first got the app I’ve been getting overall ratings on my day, and liking it very much. After day three, I’ve noticed that I haven’t been getting any more overall ratings. There are now just smile or frown faces on my meals that I eat. Why am I not getting a overall rating anymore

    • By Nicole Califf on Mon Jan 22 2018

      What does the picture of the bowl for dinner recommending me to eat?

      • By Fuds on Tue Jan 30 2018

        Why does Honey get an E rating. I understand that its 100% carbs but does your algorithm not take into fact the “other” benefits of foods (e.g. antioxidants, phytols, etc.)

        • By Jhady Arana on Fri Nov 09 2018

          Hey! The ratings are based on the diet plan you are following. Some foods are very nutritious but for a certain diet it is not the best option. Which diet are you in?