I have been a fan of Fooducate for a while, so I was thrilled when they contacted me to let me know that they had a new app for the iPhone specifically for allergies* – including gluten! The new app is called “Allergy Talk by Fooducate” and is available in the app store for $4.99. Talk about knowing what is in your food! There is no burying your head in the sand with this app available – foods are graded and ingredients are explained. It certainly makes you think about what you put in your mouth.
I immediately began to scan things in my pantry to see how Allergy Talk rated them. The first item was this Welch’s reduced sugar strawberry spread. The app told me that the product may contain gluten, though I have checked with the manufacturer and know that it does not. The app gives the user the opportunity to “discuss”. This area allows the user to input their findings like talking to the manufacturer or having consumed the product with no ill effects. I think this is a wonderful interactive tool that will help keep information current. Of course the user has to ultimately make the decision whether or not to consume the food if it may be controversial.
You can see in the picture below that I added comments sharing that the item in question is gluten-free due to Kraft’s labeling policy.
My crackers are indeed safe and not a bad choice as far as nutrient stats go.
Another awesome feature is the “alternatives” button. It will list other choices that may be gluten-free if the one you chose isn’t or that might be a healthier option.
In addition to gluten-free, the app can also search for the following allergens:
- Tree nut
The app can search for up to three allergens at a time. I spent a nice chunk of time playing around testing this app in my kitchen. Another important part of this app is the ability to contact the manufacturer by calling them or visiting their website right from the app. If their contact information is not available, you can help out by adding it in from the product.
Some additional information from Fooducate:
IMPORTANT legal information:
Fooducate is not a substitute for advice and service provided by qualified and licensed medical professionals. Any health related information found herein is available as part of a general educational and commercial service.
When looking up product and allergy information on Fooducate, keep in mind that
- Manufacturer formulations can change at any time
- Fooducate’s data may be outdated, incomplete or erroneous
- Content from other users may be erroneous
To verify a product’s fit for your consumption, you should ALWAYS READ THE PRODUCT’S LABELS, check with the manufacturer directly, and consult a qualified and licensed medical professional.
I think this is a wonderful resource to have on hand. It can be a very useful tool to those just starting the gluten-free diet or to keep up with new products. Keeping track of foods that are safe to consume can be a daunting task for those having to avoid one or more ingredients.
*I realize that Celiac Disease is not an allergy to gluten, but an autoimmune disorder. I use the term “allergy” in this article as the name of the app is “Allergy Talk”. Bottom line is that gluten is the offending ingredient that we are all trying to avoid.
***I received the above app free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.