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These apps save time & trouble in supermarkets and restaurants
Your smart phone or tablet is an amazing portal to easily find all things gluten free. Gluten-free and allergen-free information is just a click or touch of the screen away.
Unsure if a product or ingredient in the grocery store contains gluten? Searching for a reputable gluten-free restaurant? Need to communicate your gluten-free requirements in another language? These user-friendly apps make all of this possible.
Note: Not all apps are available for all platforms. Developers sometimes release their apps on additional platforms.
Allergy & Gluten Free Diet Tracker by Fooducate: Use your smart device to automatically scan a product barcode, search for products, or browse by category. See if a product contains one of the following allergens: gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, egg, milk, lactose or soy. The “One Click” button option to directly call the manufacturer for additional product information is an added bonus. $4.99, fooducate.com
The Gluten-Free Scanner: With this app you can find out immediately whether a product contains gluten by scanning its barcode. A team of registered dietitians, nutritionists and researchers maintain the database of more than 500,000 products. Free, scanglutenfree.com
Is That Gluten Free?: Grocery shop safely with a database of more than 20,000 manufacturer-verified gluten-free products from more than 660 brands. Easily search by categories, brands, ingredients, or keyword. $7.99, gardenbaysoftware.com
ShopWell: This free app allows users to simply scan the barcode of 400,000 products for a list of ingredients. It also offers suggestions of other foods that fit with your lifestyle. A new feature lets you buy recommended foods right from the app. In addition to gluten, it has allergy alerts for wheat, peanuts, soy, sesame, eggs, tree nuts, corn, shellfish, milk, lactose, sulfites, monosaccharides, disaccharides and oligosaccharides. Free, shopwell.com
AllergyEats Mobile: This user-friendly resource provides valuable peer-based feedback about how well (or poorly) restaurants accommodate the needs of food-allergic diners. You can customize your search by selecting from the top 10 allergens (gluten, wheat, corn, dairy, eggs, fish, peanuts, shellfish, soy and tree nuts), entering a specific location, or choosing the “Find Near Me” option. Free, allergyeats.com
Dine Gluten Free: Find and read detailed peer reviews of thousands of “gluten-free-friendly” businesses in the U.S. and around the world. The reviews are searchable by location and include restaurants, bakeries, markets, hotels, B&Bs, cruises and even colleges. Free, glutenfreetravelsite.com
Find Me Gluten Free: Search for gluten-free dining options by entering a specific location or browse the “Popular Chains” option, which includes links to the chain restaurants’ websites and gluten-free menus. The “User Reviews” share valuable information and tips. Free, findmeglutenfree.com
iCanEat Fast Food Gluten Free & Allergy Free: This app is perfect for those seeking quick-service meals. With 40 U.S. chains from Boston Market, Chick-fil-A and Chipotle to Buffalo Wild Wings, Jack In the Box and many more; you enter your allergen concerns into the 5,000-plus-item fast food menu database. $4.99, glutenfreepassport.com
iEatOut Gluten & Allergy Free: This app lets you order safe meals in Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Steak and Thai restaurants close to your home or around the world without having to search for gluten-free menus or allergy charts. Browse menu choices, ingredients, sauces, food preparation and cross-contamination considerations to avoid any combination of food allergens. $4.99, glutenfreepassport.com
Gluten Free Restaurant Cards from CeliacTravel.com: Roger Elliott of CeliacTravel.com says, “The most common problem with getting gluten-free food when dining in restaurants is that your message gets lost or corrupted on its way to the kitchen.” This app has gluten-free restaurant cards in many languages to use when you dine out. Free, celiactravel.com
Maureen Stanley has been gluten free for seven years. She blogs and podcasts at holdthegluten.net. Maureen’s 11-year-old daughter Emma was diagnosed with celiac disease one year ago, so together they are “Team Celiac” in the Stanley household.