Find quickly allergen-free foods
December 3, 2013
Is it possible to know all of the foods you can eat? If you query the internet to find out how many foods are there; no one knows how many; some say numberless. Just the products carried at U.S. grocery stores reach 60,000 items. This does not include foods made in a wide variety of restaurants and home cooked meals. ( http://www.fmi.org/research-resources/supermarket-facts , Sources: Progressive Grocer's 2010 Marketing Guidebook and Willard Bishop,The Future of Food Retailing, 2009, 2012)
With so many foods to choose from, why can't someone with food allergies easily and safely find something different to eat? Those with food allergies rely mainly on talking to friends with similar allergies, books, nutritionists, doctors, parents, allergy-free lists, internet surfing, etc. to find options to eat.
Now, however, in addition to those helpful resources something new is growing fast and will likely be the best resource available in the future. It is powerful and collecting more food information each day. It can change information as soon as new information becomes available. It gets better with more food information, more collaboration of those building it, and better access systems. It is called a food allergy database and the food information it can hold is staggering. True interactive food databases are not easy to build. But once built the potential looks limitless.
Some first steps for finding the right food allergy database include looking for sort options with multiple allergy mixes. The databases you need to look for should identify foods free from multiple allergens. It needs to be interactive and be able to personalize your search for food. It needs to store in memory what you can eat rather than listing what you can't eat. So if you wanted a bread-like food without gluten, corn, and whatever, you could search and find it in seconds.