We covered gluten-free smartphone apps about a year and a half ago, and now that half of all cell phones in the US are smartphones I think it’s time again to bring you the best apps for gluten-free living.
The first app I want to mention is the Gluten Free Registry. It’s $1.99 and is available on Android and iPhone/iPad. This app provides you with a searchable, moderated database of almost 27,000 gluten-free friendly businesses including restaurants, bakeries, caterers and grocers. It’s got a 4-star rating on both iTunes and Amazon from only a small number of reviews, but the more people use it the better it will be.
Another great app is GlutenFreeMe – the genuine Celiac Sprue Association Gluten-Free Product Listing App available on the iPhone and iPad for $9.99. The app may look a little janky but it’s based on CSA’s database of over 20,000 product reviews from over 700 companies from 2011. This app is expensive and it’s only got a few reviews, but it contains highly detailed information about specific products and definitions for ingredients AND will help you contact the manufacturer (by phone or email) so you can ask them yourself!
Triumph Dining publishes a highly trusted annual guide to eating gluten-free. They’ve also got an app for the iPhone: Gluten-Free Groceries by Triumph Dining. At $17.99 this is the most expensive app of the bunch but it does have 5-star rating from 12 reviews. This app also has detailed information about specific products including if it was produced in a dedicated gluten-free facility and will help you contact the manufacturer for further questions. If you’re travelling abroad or eating exotic food, Triump Dining has dining cards in many languages for both Android and iOS. These simple apps will tell those preparing your food, in their language, what gluten is and how sensitive you are – including cross-contamination.
The most popular app for gluten-free grocery shopping is the funny-named Is That Gluten Free? for Groceries. For $7.99 your iOS device gains access to their database of over 23,000 products from 510 companies. Like the others this app will help you contact the manufacturers so they can directly address your concerns. They also have an app for eating out named, you guessed it, Is That Gluten Free? Eating Out.
GlutenFreeMe, Gluten Free Groceries by Triumph Dining, and Is that Gluten Free? for Groceries all try to help you navigate the grocery store to find gluten-free food. They differ greatly in price and design, but the most important factor in deciding which one to buy is what database they use. GlutenFreeMe uses the Celiac Sprue Association’s product reviews. These are wonderfully reliable, accurate and detailed, but unfortunately that database is over a year old – manufacturers change their processes often. Gluten-Free Groceries uses Triumph Dining’s database of reviews which they also publish in paperback every year. I don’t know where Is that Gluten Free? for Groceries gets it’s database of product reviews, but it is the most popular and does receive frequent updates.