Best Apps for Finding Gluten-Free & Allergy Free Foods

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Millions of Americans report allergic reactions every year with some 30,000 of those reactions leading sufferers to the hospital emergency room, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Milk, wheat and eggs are just three of the eight most common foods behind approximately 90% of food allergic reactions.

Even if you don’t have a full-blown allergy, food intolerance which is a lower-impact hypersensitivity to particular foods, can cause symptoms such as fatigue or bloating.

Intolerance of gluten, found in various grains including wheat, has been linked to health issues ranging from anxiety to digestive problems and anemia for sufferers of celiac disease. Gluten is making plenty of headlines these days – with food giant General Mills recently recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios that were labelled gluten-free but may have contained wheat. (Recently purchased a box? If yours has a “Better if used by” code with various dates in July 2016, it could be one of the mislabeled offenders. Check with the company to learn more.)

For people who have allergies or food intolerance, sticking to a safe diet is easier at home. But even if you don’t have any food allergies you may simply choose to eat differently for your own health – whether that’s cutting down on sugar or following a low-cholesterol diet on some (or all) days of the week. But it’s not always easy to hunt down groceries and meals that can guarantee items free from allergens and preservatives, or ingredients that don’t fit your diet – especially when it comes to eating out.

So we researched the options and found six apps  to help you more easily maintain a diet free from allergens and additives, whether you’re buying groceries, searching for recipes or eating out.

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