At H&D we’re all for embracing modern technology...
...we are on Facebook, instagram, and deliveroo after all. As part of our ongoing ventures into the mobile world, we’ve been having a scout around the app store, looking for gluten-free friendly apps and portals, just so we keep ahead of the game. We certainly don’t want to miss out on any potential timesaving or health-optimising tools - and there are plenty of options to choose from.
Firstly, the Coeliac UK website has a great free app available.
Called ‘Gluten-free on the Move’ it’s a simple to download, simple to use app for your mobile which has some super useful information, regularly updated for you. There’s a Label Guide to help you understand food labelling, a Gluten-free Checklist, Eating Out Tips and the latest news from Coeliac UK, including food alerts. If you sign up to be a member of Coeliac UK then you can also access the gluten-free food directory which lists gluten-free friendly outlets and also has a scanner facility which you can use to check products and ensure they are gluten-free when you go to the supermarket.
The 'Gluten Free Registry' is a mobile phone app which holds information on over 45 000 + gluten friendly businesses to help gluten free people locate their nearest gluten free restaurants, bakeries, caterers, grocers and more. The app is available on the App Store and Google Play.
Similarly, the LiveGlutenFree app is a useful resource if you’re leading a gluten free lifestyle.
Find plenty of places to eat, from a quick snack to gourmet dining. Locate B&Bs, smart city hotels and a huge range of products to suit you. It’s a very interactive solution where you can rate restaurants, recipes and products and hear what other users think and recommend.
'ipiit' is an alternative food ambassador app. Covering a wide range of food allergies and preferences, it's a scanner based system which analyses barcodes from products to confirm if they’re suitable for you or not. You can easily compare two different products against each other, you can rate products and communicate your opinion with other users. Whether you’re living a gluten free lifestyle, have a nut or dairy allergy or if you’re looking for particular types of food, this app has a myriad of great features and is well worth checking out. Available on Google Play and the App Store.
The 'My Symptoms' app is a useful tool to help you understand if you have a food allergy or not,
...or if you're sensitive to any particular foodstuffs or ingredients. You can use the app to record your diet and any sympton that you may have noticed, and then the app will cross check your diet and symptoms and analyse them, reporting back any possible links that couldd indicate health issues. This one’s available on the App store and Google Play.
Not exactly an app, but one of our favourite simple yet effective ideas is ‘Gluten Free Restaurant Cards’...
...available to download free from 'Celiac Travel' (though a donation is encouraged!) These simple screen sized images can be saved on your phone so that whenever you’re in a foreign country and you want to make sure you’ve got the message across in the local restaurant that you’re gluten free, you can just select the language that you need and show whoever is in the restaurant so they can make sure they understand that you need gluten free dishes. They’re available in 54 languages so even the most seasoned traveller will find them useful.
There are plenty of other great mobile phone apps which can make your gluten-free life a little bit easier. We’ll carry on keeping our eyes peeled for the best of the rest.