5 Apps to Monitor Allergies and Food Intolerances
Apps have come to replace many elements in our lives. Almost anything we can imagine can be managed through an electronic device. And our health is no exception. It’s already possible to monitor allergies and food intolerances through apps.
Allergies and food intolerances have become more common nowadays.
In one out of three families, certain diets are restricted due to one of its members. According to the Nielsen report entitled “Sensitive consumer,” allergies and lactose intolerance are a very common occurrence.
In order to know what foods that we or our children are sensitive to, we must go through at least one distressing episode. A series of tests are needed in order to determine certain allergies and intolerances.
However, nowadays, it’s possible to be a little more careful. For example, apps have been designed in order to tell us how safe the food we are going to consume is for our specific system.
In this article we’ll share with you some applications and how they work.
Applications to monitor allergies
What can I eat?
This is an application with one of the biggest databases. In its system you can compare the information from approximately 20 thousand foods.
This will allow you to determine the allergenic probabilities of ingredients such as milk, fish, crustaceans, fructose, gluten, mollusks, and sesame.
The application is called “What can I eat?” In the app you can create your personalized profile and scan product codes. The app is designed to identify the ingredients contained in packaged foods in order to recognize possible allergens.
Since the application has the user’s specific profile, it will be able to tell the user if the product is safe for their consumption. This application is available for both Android and iOS devices.
Food allergy translator
This app allows the user to translate the names of ingredients they’re allergic or intolerant to into different languages. It’s particularly useful when traveling to another country or when eating imported products.
Food allergy translator is available in four languages: English, Spanish, German and French. However, you have the option to translate from up to 33 languages.
This app works in three stages, however it doesn’t provide more information about the product, it simply translates ingredients.
The free version of this app isn’t very useful – it’s better to pay for it. It can be obtained for around 3 euros for iOS devices and about 1.5 euros for the Android version.
All I Can Eat
It has a list of foods that is marked with different colors depending on the food’s compatibility with the user.
The application marks unsafe foods as red and safe foods as green. It allows for a gradient of intolerance which can be adjusted to the user and it also allows users to add new foods that aren’t on the list
The application All I Can Eat can be downloaded for both Android and iOS devices. When it comes to Androids the application is called “My Food Intolerance.” There is a free version and a paid version that comes without advertisements and its price ranges from 4–4.5 euros.
This app specializes in monitoring gluten allergies and intolerances. You can even choose the option to monitor skin reactions such as dermatitis herpetiformis.
It can only be used by members and associates of the Federation of Association of Celiac (FACE).
Users are able to access information of about 13 thousand products that don’t contain gluten. The products that it contains are those that are guaranteed by FACE.
The app also suggests restaurants and hotels that have menus that are specially designed for celiacs.
Good for me!
Good for me is an application that contains a catalog of over 50 thousand products distributed by at least 5 thousand brands in Spain.
Users use the app by scanning a product’s label and then the app will notify them if it’s safe to consume. In the case that it isn’t safe, the app provides a list of safe alternatives.
We all know that certain allergies and food intolerances can pose a serious health risk. Therefore, it’s important to prevent episodes through efficient mechanisms.
The effectiveness of these apps depends on the accuracy of the data that users put into them.
Users are also recommended to take greater precautions; they shouldn’t entrust their health or that of their family exclusively to an application.
Mobile apps can facilitate the process. However, it’s always best to be cautious.
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