Many of us are either gluten-sensitive or celiac, meaning that even the smallest amount of gluten can make us ill. It’s estimated that 3 million Americans suffer from celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disorder caused by gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley, resulting in a variety of physical and mental symptoms, some of which are quite serious and can lead to fatal complications.
As an author, researcher, and gluten-free advocate, I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve living gluten-free. As awareness about gluten intolerance and celiac disease increases in the U.S., more and more restaurants and companies are committing themselves to serving the gluten-free community. An example of such a company is Midlife Crisis Apps, which stands out for their innovative product, an application for the iPhone called, Is That Gluten Free?
“Is that gluten-free?” This is the basic question gluten-sensitive people ask themselves every day. Discovering which foods have gluten and which don’t can be quite a challenge, especially since while a particular food item produced by one company may not have gluten, the same item by another company may contain it. This results in the necessity for reading food labels and calling manufacturers up to ask them directly about gluten content and their facilities, a long and inconvenient process to say the least.
Midlife Crisis Apps has given the gluten-free community the gift of a groundbreaking achievement, an iPhone application called Is That Gluten Free? Some of its features include data on over 14,800 confirmed gluten-free products from over 360 brands, the ability to search by the product’s name, brand, or category, totally free frequent updates, a convenient alphabetical index, and even comments from the manufacturer addressing cross-contamination. No internet connection is required, except for use of the website link that connects users to the company, where they can find out even more information. The app works on iPhones and iPod Touch devices with OS 3.0 installed, but not earlier OS versions.
The app has received acclaim by Apple in its New & Noteworthy spot, and its popularity is growing steadily. Is That Gluten Free? is now the number-two app among the Paid HealthCare and Fitness Apps, and the number-one gluten-free app in the App Store.
At first I was concerned about the expense. How much would this highly valuable app cost? I could hardly believe it when I found out it can be downloaded for only $5.99, which includes regular, free updates. The GlutenFreePost.com is recommending that celiacs should buy the $199 iPhone just to have Is That Gluten Free? I personally agree.
Is That Gluten Free? very well may have possibly revolutionized gluten-free life as we know it, reducing hours of inconvenient research and label-reading for gluten-intolerant and celiac individuals. After testing it myself, I know it will truly make a difference. Visit for more information and to order the app for your iPhone.
From our home to yours, Tina Turbin.