How an iPhone Can Help Manage Your Food Allergies


Posted 9.10.09 | Christine Graham-Garo

As anyone dealing with food allergies knows, grocery shopping and eating out can be daunting tasks. Fortunately, new technology is making managing food allergies a little easier. By making use of some handy iPhone apps you can get help identifying safe food options in the grocery store and when you are traveling or away from home.

Allergy Companion NoPeanut features a list of foods to avoid at popular chain restaurants in the United States and Canada, emergency and allergy restaurant cards in multiple languages, and links to information about allergens. Cost: $2.99.

Eat Safe! is designed for travelers with food allergies who don’t speak the language of the country they are visiting. It uses graphics to show what items people are allergic to, including Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, Fish, Shellfish, Soy and Wheat. Cost: $2.99.

iCanEat OnTheGo Gluten & Allergen Free(TM) helps you search for allergen free items from 15 fast food chains in the United States. The application allows users to select from one or any combination of the 9 most common allergens including eggs, fish, gluten, milk, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat. The app hides items that contain the selected allergen and lists only the safe options from a database of over 1,500 menu items at Arby's, Boston Market, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Dairy Queen, Domino's, Dunkin' Donuts, KFC, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Qdoba, Sonic, Subway, Taco Bell & Wendy's. Cost: $4.99.

Pepper Stuff Gluten-Free Restaurant Cards From Celiac Travel provides allergy cards in multiple languages that individuals with celiac disease can show at restaurants when they are traveling abroad. Cost: FREE.

WebArtisan Food Additives provides information about what several hundred common food additives are derived from and notes which ones are gluten-free. Cost: $3.99.

All of these apps are available for download in the iTunes store. Have you used any of these Food Allergy Apps or do you know of any others? Let us know in the comments section!

-Christine

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