Take Control of Your Food Allergies Using a Database
Why would a multiple food allergy database be more helpful than a list of food you can eat?
November 21, 2013
Databases can contain hundreds of thousands of pieces of information about foods, including allergens, calories, vitamins, nutrition information, and preservatives. Once this information is inside a database it can be sorted and searched in numerous ways. You may want to find all of the foods not containing gluten, milk, corn, MSG, fish, nuts, etc. Maybe you want to find all the gluten-free foods with lower calories. They can do that, too.
Let's say you have more than one allergy. The best food allergy databases will be able to use your personalized preferences to sort and find foods with only a few clicks of a mouse or taps on your monitor. Let's say you have two food allergies; gluten and the preservative MSG. You simply select gluten-free and MSG free on a search menu and the results will print to the screen foods free of those allergens. There will likely be so many items to choose from that you will have to be more specific, like looking at breads only.
Let's say everyone has a variety of food allergies. No one list could help everyone. You might be able to develop your own list over time or you might even be lucky enough to find a list somewhere on the Web where someone has the same allergies. But what happens if you have 3 or 4 food allergies? With the Web food databases, this is not a problem.
Great databases will automatically include all newly added foods into all the lists (or queries), while manual lists are hard to update. This solves the request by Jeanette Bradley for "a customizable allergen list." in her article about food allergy app for Iphone.
With Foodb Web database you can add your favorite foods not listed, giving others throughout the world (that have similar food allergies) the chance to easily find it in a well-built database when they are looking for the same type of food.
Realistically, a database will not be able to do anything you want, but it will have more information and reports than a list.
Should someone be nervous about using an allergy-free food database vs. a simple list? Databases on the Web cloud are getting easier to use over time. Companies try to make sites user friendly and it is unlikely that you can hurt a website. So take a chance and expand your horizons. It will likely help you. And all of us need all the help we can get.