Monday, March 26, 2012

App Corner: Cook IT Allergy Free, ICanEat OnTheGo, Is That Gluten Free? & MyFoodFacts


App has been used as a term for “applications” and has become popular to indicate mobile application. App grew even more popular with the opening of Apple's App Store, which can be accessed through iTunes. In the “App Corner” in Tech Notes we will highlight mobile applications that are universally designed or meet an educational need. This month we highlight apps for people who have food allergies.
 Cook IT Allergy Free - by My Allergy Free Recipes, LLC
Cook IT Allergy Free is an app relevant to anyone dealing with food allergies.  If you are allergic to Gluten, Dairy Eggs or Nuts, this app helps make recipes safe for you and your food allergies or sensitivities.  The app features over 200+ Gluten Free Recipes with more being added. Additional features include the ability to customize recipes, share customized recipes, gives tips and tricks for gluten free and allergy free cooking, creates customized grocery lists and more. 
Cook IT Allergy Free iPod - $4.99 (4 out of 5 stars from 69 ratings for current version); iPad - $6.99 (3.5 our of 5 stars from 22 ratings for current version) Information from the Apple iTunes Store viewed on 3/26/12.
ICanEat OnTheGo Gluten & Allergen Free - by AllergyFree Passport
This app allows the user to personalize fast food menus with 9 common food allergens for meal options from 20 chains, with 15 of those chains addressing gluten.  All information is contained within the app.  No internet connection required to view the 2,100 + menu items.  The app allows you to customize to your food concerns so that you view only the food items that you can eat and hiding others.
ICanEat OnTheGo $4.99 - iPod/iPad (2.5 out of 5 stars from 123 ratings for current version); Information from the Apple iTunes Store viewed on 3/26/12.
Is That Gluten Free? - by Midlife Crisis Apps, LLC
Is That Gluten Free is an app that compiles over 23,000 manufacturer verified Gluten-Free products from over 510 brands.  No internet connection is required to search and navigate the database.  Additional features include: the ability to add your own products, categories and brands; rate products; add individual notes, and links to manufacturer web sites for additional information.
Is That Gluten Free? $7.99 - iPod/iPad (4 out of 5 stars from 871 ratings from all versions); Information from the Apple iTunes Store viewed on 3/26/12.
MyFoodFacts - by VISDATEC INC.
Using the iPhone or iPod camera MyFoodFacts will scan the UPC barcode of supermarket foods then search a comprehensive database of products and manufacturers for allergens.  If a food allergen is found then the app immediately alerts you.  You can further personalize the app to search for products that are Gluten Free or search for other names commonly used for milk such as caseinate.
MyFoodFacts $1.99 - iPod/iPad (3 out of 5 stars from 9 ratings from all versions); Information from the Apple iTunes Store viewed on 3/26/12.

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