Food Allergies and Technology: Tools for Safer Dining



The prevalence of food allergies and sensitivities is rising, but you can still enjoy a delicious meal without risking your health. In this guide we’ll look at some apps and websites that will help you stay on top of your allergy or sensitivity risks while dining out. These tools provide allergy information and allow you to check ingredients at restaurants or in grocery stores before purchasing them.


There are numerous apps available that help you find safe food. Some of them are free, while others cost a few dollars. The most common types include:

  • Apps for specific allergies (e.g., gluten), or for multiple allergies (e.g., gluten and dairy)
  • Apps that provide general information about ingredients in various foods (including allergens)
  • Apps that allow you to search restaurants near you by location, cuisine type and more


  • FDA website:
  • Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) has a great app called FLIP that can help you find restaurants with safe foods in your area!


Wearables are a great way to monitor your activity levels. They can also help you track how much you’ve eaten, and even warn you when it’s time for a meal.

  • Fitbit Alta HR ($159) – This device tracks your heart rate, steps taken and calories burned. It also has an alarm function that alerts you when it’s time for meals or medications by vibrating on your wrist; the device will automatically remind users about scheduled events if they forget about them in their calendar app or other digital calendars accessed through their smartphone (iPhones only). Additionally, its sleep tracker monitors rapid eye movement (REM) cycles so users know what stage of sleep they’re in at any given moment during the night–and whether they need more rest before heading back out into the world again!

Check out these apps and websites to stay on top of food allergies and eating safely.

  • Apps and websites are a good place to start.
  • They can help you find restaurants that offer gluten-free or other special diets.
  • You can also use them to check out menus in advance, or even call ahead to make sure your food is safe before heading out for the night.


We hope that this article has helped you find some useful tools for staying safe at restaurants. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below! We’d love to hear from you.

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