Fooducate Launches New Gluten/Allergy App

Fooducate allergy appOf course you can spend your grocery shopping time scanning labels incessantly, but do you want to do that? Didn’t think so. And yet, in order to choose foods that are safe for your gluten-free lifestyle, that’s just what you frequently end up doing. Time to find some help in the aisles!

What’s this new app all about? It’s called the Allergy & Gluten Free Scanner app, and it analyzes the product ingredient list, allergy statement, and other info from a food manufacturer and then alerts the user when an allergen is present or suspected. All of this is tailored to the allergies and intolerances that the user specifies, so it’s very personalized. Fooducate’s app then offers some alternatives that would be safer and/or more nutritious. You can select as many allergies as you need to, so if you have multiple allergy issues you aren’t limited.

You know it—label change frequently, and part of the responsibility of gluten-free eating is staying on top of ingredient lists. And yes, that can be a pain. With over 200,000 products, the database on this app is pretty impressive. If you have comments or want to dispute any of the info (for the benefit of other users or to correct something), you can do that via this app. Sometimes others’ comments are incredibly useful, as you’ve probably discovered on various gluten-free websites. Another handy thing this app does—it will bring up the phone number and website of the manufacturers so you can call and ask a question without having to go home and look up the info—you can do it from the aisle or parking lot or your car if you want to!Fooducate app

Here are a couple of examples of what the app looks like once you’re in.

If you want to get your own Fooducate Allergy &  Gluten Free Scanner, get it here via iTunes. It’s $4.99—not a lot of cash for a good amount of assistance with a tedious task! If you do get it, let us know how you liked it! And if you like any other GF apps (there are quite a few now), we’d love to hear what you think about them. Happy shopping!

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2 Responses to Fooducate Launches New Gluten/Allergy App

  1. Jennifer Holmes January 12, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    My sister gave me your “Everyday Gluten-free Slow Cooking” book for Christmas. I must say, I love it and already have tried many recipes, getting ready for the days I do not want to cook at all. I live in a cold winter zone. So it is nice to come in and smell good nutritious meals ready and waiting. It is great that there are good options now for Celiacs. 4 years ago when I was diagnosed, it was much more difficult than it is today.

    The recipes are easy to use and turn out well for the most part. I actually own a Rival Crockpot (probably the second model). I guess it is not as powerful as the newer models because the Potato, Ham & Leek Casserole was not nearly done in 31/3 hours. I had to zap the rest in the microwave, which still took 15 minutes. I would also like to see a link for the Canadian Celiac Association, for us Canadians on your website. Tonight’s dinner: Greek Chicken with Tomatoes, Rice, Feta and Olives. Looking forward to it!

    Thank you, Jennifer, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    • Kitty Broihier MS, RD, LD January 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

      Hi Jennifer!
      Thanks for your kind words. I’m sorry you had issues with the Potato, Ham and Leek Casserole. We re-tested it and think we found the problem. One is that we had cut our potatoes to 1/8-inch, but the book reads 1/4-inch thick–cookbooks frequently have typos, and so we thank you for pointing that out to us because it is an error. That would certainly contribute to your uncooked potato issue. We did test with 1/4-inch thick potato slices and found that it took twice as long–so the first cook time (before adding the sauce) would be 7 hours. Then after you add the sauce cook again on low for 1.5 hours (as the recipe indicates–not sure if you noticed that additional cook time after saucing when you first made it).

      Again, we thank you for pointing this out, and we’re pleased that you have enjoyed the recipes you’ve tried so far.

      I’ll be adding that link–definitely should be there! Thanks for the suggestion.

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