Ok, I will admit from the start my lack of Apple knowledge. But I want to share some iPhone apps that you may find helpful, and I used a variety of sources to identify the top apps.
Is That Gluten Free App
The first that looks pretty promising, and also includes an Android app, comes from http://midlifecrisisapps.com/. You will actually find two apps, Is That Gluten Free? For Groceries and Is That Gluten Free? Eating Out. The grocery version is a listing of product categories with over 550 brands. The list itself contains over 23,000 of manufacturer identified gluten free products. The ‘manufacturer identified’ part leaps out to me–not independently verified. It also lets you add your own products, which I like. A nice, pretty plain tool. Then the Eating Out, which appears to only come in the iPhone version, contains an ingredient listing for gf options at fast food restaurants. It also shows comments as to possible cross contamination issues. I think the most helpful thing with this app is the list of unverifiable restaurants, those that will not speak to gluten in their food. Both apps serve a purpose, but are pretty pricy at 7.99 and 3.99 respectively.
Gluten Freed Maps
Gluten Freed (free, http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gluten-freed-gluten-free-dining/id315937545?mt=8) was first a good website where you enter your address and it throws up a Google map of all the restaurants near you that people reviewed. When entering in Raleigh, I received a list including Jason’s Deli, 115 Midtown, Melting Pot, Carrabba’s, and Outback. What I like about this site, though, are the reviews from regular people. Definitely helps. So their iPhone app includes using the embedded location as the tool to show you gluten-free options nearby. A handy little app.
A Handy Tool for Tracking Items
Finally I wanted to share a helpful app that will allow you to create shopping lists, read alerts, and calculate tax savings. Yes, you CAN indeed claim some savings when buying gluten free food instead of regular food. I hope to review that in the future.
Anyway, Gluten Free Lifestyle ($2.00, http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gluten-free-lifestyle/id325454749?mt=8) provides you a gluten free ‘trainer,’ if you will. The app itself (also available for Android and Blackberry) ties in to the GF Life Coach, a huge database that you can join. The app itself allows you to search the database, make your own grocery lists, share lists, and receive FDA food alerts and recall lists. That last one is pretty helpful, as we recently saw Chick-Fil-A change the recipe on their previously gluten-free salad. Will it catch all the items? Definitely not, but this provides you with another tool.
Lots of great apps out there on both devices. We’ve come a long way in just a year since the last time we reviewed apps. I will be excited to see what great apps come out in the next year!