iCanEat OnTheGo Can Help People Navigate Fast Food Menus

Price: $4.99    Score:  8/10    By Sarah ParkeriCanEat OnTheGo Gluten & Allergen Free

New cases of food allergies are on the rise in America. It has been estimated that 11 to 12 million (or 1 in 25) Americans have food allergies. Many food allergies can cause anaphylaxis or even death, meaning that controlling food intake is extremely important. Food allergies can make eating out extremely difficult or nearly impossible. Developed by AllergyFree Passport, the app iCanEat OnTheGo Gluten and Allergy Free helps people with food allergies find suitable, allergen-free (fast food) dining options almost anywhere.

The app iCanEat OnTheGo helps people who have food allergies find fast food that is safe to eat. iCanEat gives allergen stats on 15 top fast-food service chains including, McDonalds, Sonic, KFC, Subway and Dunkin Donuts. To begin, the user must choose from a list of allergens to provide a guide for the app to follow in sorting through menu options at each restaurant. The allergens to choose from include some of the most common allergens: milk, eggs, fish, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, soy, tree nuts, and wheat. Once your allergens have been specified, you can then navigate to the restaurant menus where each item on the menu is marked as to whether or not it contains your specified allergens.

All of the information contained in this app is taken from each restaurant’s website. Two of the restaurants have outlined gluten-free menus, and two other restaurants have full ingredient lists for each menu item. The Resources category outlines how to use the app and also has very helpful information about safely eating. There are also links to valuable websites associated with AllergyFree Passport that educate people about food allergy safety.

This app is nice for people on the go or for people who are new to the world of food allergies and need some guidance. Some of the information regarding gluten is incomplete, however. Many of the restaurant websites do not have allergen information regarding gluten, so the app cannot provide as much information on gluten. Hopefully more restaurants will provide this information in the future, so updates of this app may have more accurate information.

Even if you use this app you must still be aware of the possibility of cross-contamination or the restaurant changing the ingredients in menu items. Because of this inherent risk with eating out, this app does come with a disclaimer. While iCanEat OnTheGo contains a lot of useful information, the price tag seems slightly high for information that many people with allergies have already researched.

iCanEat OnTheGo Gluten and Allergy Free requires iPhone OS 2.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone & iPod Touch

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3 Responses to “iCanEat OnTheGo Can Help People Navigate Fast Food Menus”

  1. Charlotte says:

    very interesting, and at last a modern slant on a very difficult problem. I think fast food is the most difficult area, especially in england where lunch options are always sandwich or pasta salad in most take away places. Going to see how to get it onto my ipod touch, I am useless with these things, but will have a go. Thank you for telling me about it. Any plans for more UK based outlets to be on it?

  2. sarahparker says:

    I am not sure whether the developer is going to add UK restaurants. You can visit the developer’s website and make a suggestion. I am sure that they are going to keep adding to this app over time.

  3. Aaron Dwyer says:

    Hi Sarah

    This is a helpful app, and you are right, the end user must use caution as ingredients and meal preparation can and do change quickly. This leaves apps like this at the mercy of the food vendors.

    I wrote an app for food allergy and anaphylaxis sufferers to help them identify hidden / unknown allergens they are allergic to while reading ingredient labels. It was released a couple of weeks ago and is called iAllergens.

    Happy to send you a promo code for it if you want to check it out.

    Aaron

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