We’ve selected these apps based on their quality, user reviews, and overall reliability as a source of support for people who avoid gluten or limit their gluten intake. If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at email@example.com.
More and more people in the United States are actively working to limit their gluten intake — and about 1 in 5 Americans include gluten-free foods in their diets according to a 2015 Gallup poll.
According to the Celiac Disease Center at the University of Chicago Medicine, more than 3 million Americans have celiac disease. For them, avoiding gluten comes out of necessity. For others, it’s preference. Whatever your reasons for avoiding gluten, there are apps that can make your diet easier.
Find Me Gluten Free
When you’re out and about or traveling, it can be difficult to know where to grab a gluten-free bite. Find Me Gluten Free was designed to solve this very problem. Think of it as a Yelp for gluten-free dining. It’s complete with user-sources reviews and an interactive map. It’s a great resource when you want to know what gluten-free-friendly restaurants are in your area.
Gluten Free Food Finder
Gluten isn’t always labeled as such on food ingredients lists. Knowing all of the words to scan for on a label can be difficult. This app seeks to eliminate the head-scratching by giving you a clear answer quickly. Simply scan the food’s barcode and it’ll tell you immediately whether it has gluten or not. The app’s data is crowdsourced, so you can also add foods and update current listings.
The Gluten Free Scanner - Barcode Scanner
For someone with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, misjudging a food’s ingredients can lead to hours of pain and discomfort. With this app, you can rest easy knowing what you’re eating is safe. Simply scan the barcode and get immediate information on whether or not your foods contain gluten.
Is That Gluten-Free?
This app takes identifying gluten-free foods one step further. Not only can you get immediate feedback on whether or not a certain product contains gluten, but you can also get the manufacturer’s contact information, search by ingredient, add your own foods, or link out to external websites for more information. The maker of this app says there are over 35,000 gluten-free foods in their app. You don’t need connectivity to access once you download.
Gluten-Free Allergy-Free Marketplace
Developed by the Celiac Disease Foundation, this app is a wonderful directory for finding the best gluten-free or allergen-free products. You can search by product type, brand name, or category. You’ll even find coupons for your favorite gluten-free products.
Planning a meal can be tricky when you can’t include gluten in the mix. This recipe app is a great resource for mealtime planning. You can search thousands of recipes by ingredient or dietary restriction. Once you’ve tried a recipe, upload your own photo to add to the app’s database.
Celiac Disease Diet & Tips
This is an app with everything you’ve ever wanted to know about celiac disease. You can learn about symptoms, diagnostics, and off-limit foods. It’s a great basic resource for people new to the world of eating gluten-free. It’d also be a wise choice for the friends and family of folks with celiac disease to download.
Whether you’re in Australia, New Zealand, or somewhere else entirely, Coeliac Australia is a great tool for learning what food ingredients are safe for people with celiac disease and which aren’t. You’ll find an extensive list of common Australian food ingredients along with a simple key for identifying the presence of gluten.
Food Maestro wasn’t specifically created for folks on a gluten-free diet, but it caters to them just as much as any other specialty diet. The app is like having thousands of food labels in your back pocket. Quickly search for products based on the inclusion of gluten or look up a food in the store to determine if it can safely be added to your cart. You can customize searches to be gluten-free, vegetarian, low-sugar, dairy-free, and much more.
Now Find Gluten Free
This app isn’t only a great one for determining if a certain food includes gluten. It’s an all-around useful tool to have in the kitchen and the grocery store. Source your recipes before you leave the house to buy your ingredients and easily locate food products safe for eating on a gluten-free diet. You can create a list of favorites by clicking “like.” You can create a shopping list, too.
Gluten Free Restaurants Guide
If you have celiac disease, heading out to a restaurant has to be a strategic decision — not all businesses cater to folks with special dietary needs. This app from CeliHack can help. It identifies restaurants in your area with gluten-free menu options. The recommendations in the app come directly from others with celiac disease, so you know they’re reliable.
Gluten Free Restaurant Items: Fast Food Diet Guide
Fast food makes dining out easy and cheap, but it’s complicated when you have dietary restrictions. This app is a great tool if you want to hit the drive-thru but aren’t sure which menu items are gluten-free. It contains menus from more than 150 fast-food restaurants, including all of the popular favorites.
mySymptoms Food Diary & Symptom Tracker
When you have a condition that affects your digestive health, it pays to track your food consumption and symptoms. This app is a great tool for helping identify which foods might be setting you off, making it easier to control your symptoms and your health.