The power of food allergy apps promises to transform weekly grocery shopping from a soul-sucking chore to a semi-manageable task. And thanks to free, innovative apps, people with life-threatening food allergies can cook in and dine out a little easier.
Every trip to the grocery store can feel like you’re tip-toeing through a loaded minefield. And for people with severe food allergies, dining out is just as overwhelming. Ordering from a restaurant menu is like you’re playing an intense game of food allergy Russian roulette.
Best Food Allergy Apps
The good news is, the tech era is dishing out great apps that help you shop, cook and eat safely.
❤️ Here’s six of my favorite food allergy apps to help you navigate grocery aisles and restaurant menus like a boss. 🍽
Shopwell – Better Food Choices
Why You Need It: ShopWell’s mission is to simplify nutrition labels and help you discover new foods that fit your lifestyle. The app allows you to set up your personal profile, the food allergies you want to avoid, dietary goals and other health concerns.
To start using ShopWell, you will need to create an account with an email or your Facebook profile. You can edit your profile to tell the app you want to avoid certain foods. The ShopWell app allows users to select up to 19 items to avoid.
Simply scan any item to see what ingredients are listed in 400,000 foods through the app. ShopWell’s personalized results are a free, easy and fun way to discover safe and delicious foods that are right for you.
Spokin Food Allergy App
Why You Need It: This free, easy to use food allergy app helps users to find recipes, restaurants, hotels and airlines that are safe.
With just a few taps of your phone, users can work out whether a recipe or restaurant is safe. The app’s Hidden Allergy feature helps users avoid accidental exposure to allergy-causing foods. Spokin allows users to customize the app to your allergies, location and experience.
You can search for a specific restaurant or by city and read what other Spokin users recommend. Spokin guides pack tons of info and enables users to follow people with the same food allergies and similar taste.
Why You Need It: Yummly’s mission is to be the smartest and most helpful food platform in existence. The app aims to make it easier for food lovers to cook, eat, and share their experiences.
The app provides access to more than 2 million recipes, recommendations, handy tools and helpful videos.
Since these resources are based on your taste preferences, you can avoid foods you are allergic to.
You can use the app on your phone, tablet or a computer. Yummly is a user-friendly platform that allows you to save and organize recipes to visit later and add the recipe ingredients to your shopping list in just one click.
Why You Need It: EMNet findERnow claims it’s the fastest, most reliable emergency (ER) finder on the app market today. The app will locate the closest ER with just one click by using the most comprehensive national database available.
The free app was developed by Massachusetts General Hospital. It shows the locations of nearby hospitals on a map, with a bar at the bottom of the screen that reads “The closest ER is _ miles away. Tap here for directions.”
If you are traveling with food and peanut allergies, the knowledge EMNet findERnow provides is invaluable.
Why You Need It: The food allergy app is designed to help people communicate their food allergies and the precautions needed for safe food preparation to restaurant staff in foreign countries.
The free app is available to iPhone and Android users and currently includes 20 languages.
The Allergy Smartz app’s message starts with: “My food must not contain or come in contact with any (allergen). Even a small amount of (allergen) is life threatening and can stop my breathing.”
Why You Need It: Allergy Eats bills itself as a peer-reviewed director of restaurants, wherever you are based in the U.S.
The app provides food-allergic diners with a quick and easy way to find places that accommodate their specific dietary needs. Users can access Allergy Eats on their phone, tablet or computer.
Users share their experiences and provide feedback on how well or poorly a restaurant catered for their food allergy. Allergy Eats lets users search for restaurants in a specific location, as well as the menus of more than 425,000 eateries.
You can also make reservations at 20,000 restaurants through the app.
Allergy Eats is the dominant guide to finding allergy-friendly restaurants across the U.S. and possibly the food allergy person’s best resource for dining out safely.
Mobile Food Allergy Apps for Kids
I’ve compiled a list of cool kid-friendly mobile apps to help your child learn more about food allergies. These mobile apps and game-designed resources make learning about food allergies fun, engaging and entertaining.
I’d love to hear what your go-to iPhone or Android apps are for managing food allergies. Comment below or on my Facebook page and share your favorite resources.