In one in four households, one member suffers from allergy or intolerance to food or ingredients, according to the “Sensitive Consumer” report, drawn up by Nielsen from more than 30,000 surveys in 63 countries. Also, this same study stresses that in one of every three families a diet that restricts or avoids the consumption of some product is followed.
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As regards Spain, allergy or lactose intolerance is the most common, since it is present in 10% of households, whereas in 5% there are similar problems related to gluten, nuts or shellfish. Those affected can live a healthy life as long as they avoid the components dictated by their allergist, gastroenterologist or nutritionist, but also, if they need extra help to facilitate their day to day life, they can now turn to one of these mobile applications.
1. All I can eat
After downloading this application, the user must choose their intolerances between the following options: lactose, fructose, histamine, gluten, sorbitol and salicylic acid. From there, you will access a list of foods marked with a color code that ranges from green to red, depending on the incompatibility with the diet that should lead the patient. Also, it is possible to adjust that degree of tolerance according to the personalized recommendations that the specialist has given the patient, as well as add new foods that are not in the classification.
All I can eat is available for iOS and Android, although in the latter case you have to look for it with another name: My food intolerance. There is a paid version for 3.99 euros on Android and 4.49 euros on iOS to avoid the appearance of ads.
2. What can I eat?
Similar to the previous one, but with a much more exhaustive database, since it contains allergenic information of more than 20,000 products that include some of these ingredients: milk, egg, gluten, nuts, soy, fish, crustaceans, celery, mustard, Sesame, sulphites, mollusks, lupines, lactose, and fructose. Of course, for your query, this application requires registration, while All I can eat can be used without being identified.
One of the differential functions of What can I eat? Is that on its home screen has the option Scanner, with which it is possible to read the bar code of a product and obtain a tab of the same where it is detailed if its consumption is suitable or not depending on the profile of the user. As an extra content, this application provides a section with cooking recipes and another with promotions (raffles and discount codes).
It is available for iOS and Android devices.
3. Good for me!
The catalog of this app for iOS and Android is made up of more than 50,000 barcodes of food products distributed in Spain by more than 5,000 brands.
It can be accessed without being identified, although it is advisable to register to access the personalized profile from different devices, as well as to not lose the configuration or the history in case of loss of the mobile, uninstallation of the application or any other problem with the data.
The operation is very similar to the scanning of the previous application, with the difference that in this case, in addition to informing whether the product is recommended or not, depending on the profile introduced, alternatives are provided from other items that do fit To parameters configured by the user.
Available in English, French, German and Spanish, the purpose of this application is to facilitate the life of allergy sufferers and intolerant of certain foods when traveling to a country with a language other than their own and especially when they are ordering food in a restaurant. To do this, you only have to take three steps on the mobile screen: dial the user’s allergies, select the recipient’s language (from a list of 33 languages) and accept to get the alert message to be displayed.
The truth is that it does not contribute much more than can already be done with any translator and, in addition, the free version is not very friendly, so if you want to use without problems you have to opt for the payment option that costs 1 , 47 euros for Android and 2.29 euros for iOS .
Specialized in gluten allergies and intolerances, as well as some of its adverse reactions such as dermatitis herpetiformis, this application, is exclusively for members of FACE (Federation of Celiac Associations of Spain) and its associations.
Its users can obtain information on more than 13,000 gluten-free products, among which are certificates with the “FACE-controlled” guarantee mark. Also, it has a guide with more than 1,600 restaurants and hotels where they offer menus for celiacs.
It can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices.