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GlutenSwitch App from FoodSwitch by Bupa

May 13, 2013

One of the things I love about smart phones is the apps that are designed to help make life easier. There are so many handy apps from calendars to note taking to travel help and even helping us make better food choices.

Bupa have recently released the ‘GlutenSwitch’ app which is an extension of their ‘FoodSwitch’ app (designed to help us make healthier food choices). That in itself is very handy but having a GlutenSwitch app with it is wonderful.

I remember 10 years ago when I was first diagnosed with coeliac disease, my gastroenterology specialist told me to ‘stop eating gluten’. Sure thing I thought. Easy done. That was until I started reading about it and hit the supermarket. The first shop after my diagnosis was the longest shop ever as I had to read the ingredients on everything.

Food Switch

If I had this gem of an app then I know if would have made life so much easier. What you do is install the FoodSwitch app, available on both iTunes and Google Play, click on the GlutenSwitch option , scan the barcode of the product and then it will bring up the ingredients of the product, whether it is gluten free or not and if not, some gluten free alternative suggestions. Genius right?

Bupa kindly gave me a Woolworths giftcard to do a little shopping and give the app a workout.

So first up I thought I’d try the one of the most popular things that people look for on my blog: Gluten Free Lollies. Ah yes we all need our treats!

Gluten Free Switch App Uncertain

Woolworths Homebrand Jubes. Now the app wasn’t sure about this product so it asked to take photos so it can be added. To me, by ingredients, it was Gluten Free. So very happy about that as I didn’t know about them previously and for $2 a bag, a cheap solution.

Even though the app wasn’t sure, it still provided safe alternatives, excellent!

Now time to check out another popular search: Cornflakes

Gluten Free Switch App Alternative 2

Kellogg’s Cornflakes do contain gluten but there are gluten free alternatives so all is not lost.

Gluten Free Switch App Alternative 1

And I also tried a snacky type of food.

And just to try an actual product that I knew to be gluten free:

Gluten Free Switch App Yes

Macro Double Choc Biscuits (the gluten free answer to tim tams) I love how it reminds you to check the label also.

One last thing I love about the app is that you can share your find straight from the app to email, twitter or facebook with the blue button the side, or add it to your own list.

It is worth noting however that there are some things I scanned and the product wasn’t on the list and it asked me to photograph the product and ingredient list. I did so as it will help them see what people are looking for and in time I am sure most of the products will be included.

Oh and did I mention it’s free?

I would love to know if you give it a go and how you find it?

Disclosure: I was asked to try GlutenSwitch by Bupa, who kindly supplied me a grocery gift card. No other payment was made, all opinions are my own.

  1. Mary Preston
    May 14, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I could have a lot of fun with this thank you.

  2. May 14, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Awesome little app – cause it also shows you those tim tam substitutes fail in being ‘healthy’ (no surprises there!). Still nifty as! So it offers up gluten free choices that show at the bottom, cause if so, that’s the absolute best thing!

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