Best Food Allergy Apps

Here are my top 9 best food allergy apps.  These can help you with everything from working out what your allergy triggers are, to getting emergency help in case of a reaction.  There are apps to help you manage allergies in daily life too, with apps to help you shop, cook and eat out safely with food allergies.  I’ve included a short description of each app along with a video (where possible) so you can see them in action!

best food allergy apps

Alliapp

  • Great for: Identifying your food triggers
  • Price: Free with premium subscription option
  • Available on iOS and Android

This app is a food and symptoms tracker.  Useful if you’re still in the process of getting a diagnosis, you can input your data by photo or barcode, as well as typing in information.  You can track a range of symptoms and add voice notes.  The app will analyse your data and identify your triggers for you.  Used by NHS doctors and with excellent reviews from users on the App Store.

Biteappy

  • Great for: Finding allergy friendly restaurants worldwide
  • Price: Free
  • Available on iOS and Android

Designed for people with food allergies and other special dietary requirements, this app allows you to search for restaurants around the world.  Created by a coeliac with lactose intolerance, you can search for restaurants by your allergy or lifestyle diet.  Their database already includes over 40,000 restaurants, with more added daily.  You can read and create reviews and save your favourite restaurants.  The app also includes reviews from TripAdvisor and links directly to menu and allergen information online.  Another handy feature is the option to translate your allergies into different languages.

FoodMaestro

  • Great for: Finding allergy safe foods
  • Price: Free
  • Available on iOS and Android

This app answers the question “Can I eat this?”.  Set up the app with your food allergen(s), and you can then scan barcodes to find out if foods are safe or unsafe.  Developed in partnership with the NHS, with over 75,000 users, this app features 133,000 products from Sainsburys, Waitrose, Co-op, Morrisons and Tesco (but not ALDI, LIDL or M&S).  You can set up multiple profiles for individual family members with different dietary needs.  There is also a partner app for the Low FODMAP diet.

MySymptoms Food Diary

  • Great for: Identifying trigger foods
  • Price: £2.99
  • Available on iOS and Android

This app allows you to track diet and symptoms to identify which foods are causing you problems.  It can help you track symptoms over time to see if they get better or worse – perfect if you are doing an exclusion diet.  It analyses possible triggers for you and creates charts and reports to share with health professionals.

Spoon Guru

  • Great for: Finding allergy safe recipes and products
  • Price: Free
  • Available on iOS and Android

Suitable for those with allergies to the top 14 common allergens, and lifestyle diets, this award winning app searches for suitable recipes and food products based on your personal food allergies and preferences.  You can customise the app to exclude or include subcategories of foods – for example gluten has subcategories of all the different gluten-containing which can be selected individually.  It also includes a barcode scanner so you can scan foods as you shop.

Yummly

  • Great for: Finding recipes according to dietary requirements
  • Price: Free
  • Available on iOS and Android

Not just for people with allergies, this is a real food-lover’s app with over 2 million recipes and 30 million users worldwide.  This app gives you personalised recipe recommendations based on your dietary requirements and preferences.  It can also create personalised shopping lists, add scheduling to your calendar, and includes video tutorials and oven timers.  It even has high tech features like controlling control smart ovens, setting the oven temperature and time for you!

Libereat

  • Great for: Shopping, cooking and eating out with allergies
  • Price: Free
  • Available on iOS and Android

This brand new app launched in October 2018 helps you manage food allergies by scanning barcodes, creating shopping lists, selecting recipes and finding restaurants.  You can set up profiles for different family members, and includes the option to include or exclude foods labelled as ‘may contain’.  As the app is so new it doesn’t have a huge range of products and restaurants in its database yet, but as more data is added this could become an essential app for people with food allergies.

AssureTech

  • Great for: Travelling away from home
  • Price: Free with premium subscription option
  • Available on iOS (via third party app) and Android

Travelling abroad with food allergies can be tricky, so this app features the ability to translate allergies into 15 language (so far).  Sign up for their paid membership option and it will also find your nearest hospital – essential information to know if you are away from home with severe food allergies.  It also features top allergy blogs The Land of Can and AllergyBites and allergy news headlines.  Plus it has a shop with allergy merchandise such as medical alert gear, and each month highlights a different allergy charity or cause.

AllergyMe: Anaphylaxis ID

  • Great for: Getting help in an emergency
  • Price: £2.99
  • Available on iOS and Android

In an emergency, this app could save your life.  Customise your lock screen with an emergency Medical ID.  The emergency alarm will alert people nearby if you are having a reaction and need help, which can even be activated from your Apple Watch.  It plays a loud noise and displays information on what to do to help.  This can all be customised from within the app.  The developer, Adam Foot, originally created the app for himself as he suffers from peanut allergy.  He then realised that it could help others too.  He also created the related app AllergyMe Translate (£0.99)

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