Grocery shopping when you are following the gluten-free diet can be quite the challenge. It is easier today than it was several years ago, but there are still certain foods that can be tricky. The labeling laws have come a long way with rules regarding manufacturers using “gluten-free” on packaging, however there isn’t yet any ruling that requires gluten to be called out on the label. The biggest issue here is hidden gluten; Barley, rye or non-gluten-free oats that may be in the product, but not clearly labeled.
There is a new app available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store called ipiit. ipiit is a free food ambassador app that can tell you if a food is safe to eat by simply scanning the barcode on the package. Once you download the free app, you simply select your preferences – the ingredients you want to avoid – and begin scanning. Currently ipiit has 15 food preferences to choose from and over 300,000 products loaded into the database with more being added daily. The 15 food preferences are:
- Milk protein-free
- Artificial sweetener-free
- Corn syrup/HFCS-free
When a product is scanned, ipiit will display an icon to let the user know if the product is safe or not. If it is not, it will list the offending ingredient. If it contains an offending ingredient, it will offer product alternatives that may be a better option.
More about ipiit:
ipiit, the food ambassador, is a free service that provides product information according to user’s preferences, needs and interests. ipiit guides consumers through the jungle of packaged food products available today. ipiit is still evolving additional preference choices, continuously adding products, and developing new features that will debut in future versions of the app.
I have to admit that I spent some considerable time playing with ipiit in the grocery store the other day. I was impressed by how many products I scanned that were in the database. I love that I was able to select more than just “gluten-free” as I also avoid dairy. This app is a wonderful resource for family members and friends of those following the gluten-free diet, those beginning the gluten-free diet, or those trying to avoid any of the 15 ingredients that ipiit currently supports. Go on, give it a try! It’s free!