Eat Out with Ease
There is no doubt that having food allergies can make eating out a difficult process. They can make birthday dinners and date nights seem like a chore rather than an enjoyable experience. However, technology has once again come to the rescue, this time in the form of mobile applications. Find out what the best app for tracking food allergy is.
This app definitely qualifies as one of the best because it allows you to personalize the allergy settings based on your needs. You are able to select from any combination of 10 common food allergens. The allergens include corn, dairy, eggs, fish, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat.
Not only can you choose your allergens, you can also chose from hundreds of menu items, 79 different ingredients, cross contamination concerns, and food preparation techniques, all based on your personal allergy profile. All of this information is displayed using quick color coded reference columns.
In addition to all of this, iEatOut breaks dishes into seven different ethnic cuisines including Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Mexican, steak and seafood, and Thai. Depending on the cuisine, iEatOut warns you of allergy causing ingredients and sauces. Another reason iEatOut is one of the best apps is that it provides you with a list of questions to ask your server to ensure allergen-free foods. The app also contains over 300 pages of content from the book Let’s Eat Out.
This app is another system that prevents food allergies from occurring. The unique thing about NoPeanut is its Multilanguage capabilities. It lists menu items to avoid for more than 50 major restaurants throughout the US and Canada. Furthermore, the app provides links to allergen info and phone numbers so that you can get real time info regarding your allergy concerns.
This app is especially helpful if you are traveling or enjoy ethnic cuisines because the app contains digital warning cards and warnings/requests for safe choices in several different languages including English, French, German, Chinese, Spanish, and Hindi. In the event of an emergency, NoPeanut includes multilanguage emergency help digital cards. Each card asks to have an ambulance called to treat a potentially fatal allergic reaction to peanuts.
Gluten Free Restaurant Cards
This app definitely ranks high for those specifically afflicted with Celiac disease. This disease prevents you from eating gluten thus this application has over 40 card images in various languages that can be shown to a server so that he/she understands the restrictions of a gluten-free diet. Each card explains the illness, lists the prohibited foods, and requests a dish without these prohibited ingredients.
Food Content Alerts
This is both a website and mobile app that allows you to have all of your questions about whether or not a specific food contains allergens. This is accomplished by organizing a variety of information into an easy to understand database that can be accessed from home or on your mobile. First, you create a food profile that lists what foods you have to avoid and what foods are safe for you. Then from your mobile, you can check whether or not a product is on your safe foods list. The app has many other features such as its ability to recall recipes, search for recipes, access your shopping lists, and see the latest alerts from the FDA.
A spin off from the iEatOut app, this app allows you to browse menus from 15 different fast-food and quick-service restaurant chains including Burger King, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Subway, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s.
The main purpose of this app is to give you the answers about what each menu item contains without you having to ask a server or the chef. Currently, the only restaurant Safe2Eat has full information for is Taco Bell; it includes over 65 foods on the Taco Bell Menu from which you can decipher whether or not the food contains allergens such as peanuts, treanuts, soy, wheat, dairy, fish, and whether or not the food was prepared in a common area.
My Food Facts
My Food Facts is definitely one of the best apps for tracking a food allergy because it prevents you from bringing home products that may contain allergens. This app allows users to scan product barcodes with their in-phone camera and receive instant allergy warnings. There are over 100,000 products in its database, and for those products not in the database, there is an online community forum that allows people to submit names of products they buy that are not in the My Food Facts database. In addition, once you have scanned a product, it is saved in a history file that allows you to easily access ingredient and allergen information, even if you do not have access to the product's bar code.
Cook it Allergy Free
This app allows you to customize your recipes to fit your allergy profile. If a recipe contains ingredients that you are allergic to, this app trades out the allergens with safe substitutions. Substitutions can be made for recipes containing eggs, butter, milk, yogurt, buttermilk, cream, sour cream, cream cheese, cheeses, nuts, nut butters, corn syrup, and soy. Once your recipe is created it can be shared through email, Facebook, and Twitter. It can then be added to your custom recipe box and grocery list. The grocery list is then organized by aisle or by recipe.
cookitallergyfree.com: iPhone App
myfoodfacts.com: My Food Facts