Everyone loves a good App, and I don't been appetizers, but everyone them too! In 2011, The Toronto Sun reported that 41% of Canadians have smart phones. That means a lot of people are getting their information on the fly and right away. How can this help people manage Celiac Disease? Well, people build apps for just about everything. There are Apps for helping to manage weight loss, diabetes, even your work schedule, so why not Celiac Disease.
Well, believe it or not, there are plenty of Apps out there. But how do you choose the right one?
Well first you decide what type of App are you looking for. In my opinion there are at least two kinds of Apps that can help (and that I know exist).
- An App to help you decide where to a restaurant with gluten free options
- An App to help you know if a product is gluten free or not
- You may want both!
I would first suggest searching gluten free, or Celiac in the App store and see what comes up. Reading the reviews of the Apps always helps because people will make comments if the App is helpful or not. You don't want to download an App, or even potentially purchase an App that ends up to not be helpful. This is why, in return it is actually important to rate and review Apps.
In the Android Market, I downloaded an App called GF Near Me that is supposed to help find restaurants with gluten free options in Edmonton. Another App called GF Scanner that is supposed to link to a publicly updated database to help determine if something is gluten free or not. I download one other called TGF Map (The Gluten Free Traveler), which is similar to GF Near Me. I know the TGF App has Edmonton because they have used Gluten Free Edmonton to map out some of the restaurants. I have not really used any of these apps thoroughly though.
You can also use generic Apps like the Urbanspoon App. Under the list restaurants by feature, you can filter by gluten free friendly. The only thing about this one is that because this is not a dedicated gluten free App, it doesn't list what menu items are Celiac friendly. However, Gluten Free Edmonton has posted blog reviews on Urbanspoon so that would help for the ones we have reviewed.
Let us know about what Apps you use!