There is perhaps no more popular current health trend than the gluten-free diet, yet it can be tough to tell what exactly is and is not gluten-free. This is especially true because foods that contain gluten are actually sometimes labeled “gluten-free” despite the fact they still contain some other grain gluten (rice, oats, barley, spelt, etc.) and aren’t 100% absent of the problematic wheat protein.
Gluten-free technology can really help those who suffer from gluten intolerance symptoms, celiac disease symptoms or people who simply want to follow a gluten-free diet:
– 20% of Americans say they try to include gluten-free foods in their diets (one in five!
– 6-7% of the population have some form of gluten intolerance level
– sales of gluten-free foods increased by 63% between 2012 and 2014, when sales were predicted to reach $8.8 billion. Gluten-free lifestyle is more than just a fad, and gluten-free technology is here to help.
The Best Gluten-Free Technology
Nima: It’s a handy gadget that can identify if there’s gluten in food in just two minutes. In just two minutes this technology can help you go gluten-free by letting you know if a food is safe to eat.
It works by using an antibody-based test that the founders say produce results on par with what’s done in labs. The device uses disposable pods that break down a sample of a food item. You load a pod with a food sample on it and screw the cap closed. Then you insert it by sliding the test pod in until you hear a click. In about two minutes, the display will smile if no allergens are detected.
And if you’re wondering how to go gluten-free completely, there are gluten-free technology applications (apps) that can also help:
1. Gluten-Free Shopping Apps
“Is That Gluten Free?” or “GF Groceries” apps: allow you to select a category of food and search to see if the brand you’re checking out is actually gluten-free. The two apps — along with others — have different listings, so you may want to utilize more than one so you have all your bases covered.
“Shop Well” app: you enter your age, gender, food goals and what’s important in your diet, then search for items that match.
“My Food Facts” app: let’s you scan barcodes to see if allergens are present.
“Gluten Free Ingredients” app: has “an alphabetized list of often unfamiliar ingredients like maida, heeng, fu, farina, and EDTA and tells users if they’re gluten-free or not.” This allows you, for example, to identify gluten-free flours or even gluten-free alcohols.
“Gluten Free” app: which lists ingredients as either gluten-free (green) or not gluten-free (red).
2. Gluten-Free Recipes
Any search engine out there can provide gluten-free recipes, but the Celiac Sprue Association’s Gluten-Free Recipe Index is a great starting point.
3. Gluten-Free Meal Planning on the Road
There are also many resources for travelers or those dining out who wish to eat gluten-free. The Dine Gluten, Gluten Free Registry, Find Me Gluten Free, Healthy Out and Gluten Freed apps let you search by location and access thousands of gluten-free dining and travel reviews.
Traveling for work or pleasure doesn’t mean you have to giving up progress with your health. Remember to find real food to eat (from a green plant, not a manufacturing plant).