Of 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!
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!