Coeliac UK launches app to help manage gluten-free diet

The app, available on iPhone and Android, aims to help people diagnosed with coeliac disease and those following a gluten-free diet with finding places to shop and eat.

| 30th Jun 14

Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease, has launched its new app called ‘Gluten-free on the Move’.

The app, available on iPhone and Android, aims to help people diagnosed with coeliac disease and those following a gluten-free diet, to manage every element of their diet, whether it’s shopping for food or finding somewhere to eat out.

The new app is already an award winner, being voted the ‘Best Audience Migration to Mobile Technology’ at the 2014 UK Mobile & App Design Awards held in London last week. The award recognises good design and usability as well as the success in migrating an audience from a traditional media to a mobile platform.

The app includes access to Coeliac UK’s Food and Drink Directory listing nearly 10,000 products suitable for a gluten-free diet and allows users to scan items as they shop to see if they are listed in the Directory.

The app’s Venue Guide uses smartphone location services to find local venues serving gluten-free food and highlights those accredited by Coeliac UK. It also integrates with Google Maps technology which will also take you there so you’ll be sure to find something near you.

Sarah Sleet, Chief Executive of Coeliac UK said: “Managing a gluten-free diet while out and about can be a challenge as our increasingly busy lifestyles mean we’re doing more on the hop. Coeliac UK is always looking for ways to better support people to do this and the app is a great way to get instant access on the move.

Anyone can download the app and look at the free services which include: Label Guide to help understand food labelling, Gluten-free Checklist, Eating Out Tips and latest news from Coeliac UK. Access to the Food and Drink Directory and Venue Guide is part of the Membership package and anyone who has been diagnosed with coeliac disease, seeking a diagnosis, supporting a friend or a relative, or trying to find out more about the gluten-free diet can sign up to be a Member.” 

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten. Left untreated it may lead to infertility, osteoporosis and small bowel cancer.  1 in 100 people in the UK have coeliac disease, with the prevalence rising to 1 in 10 for close family members.

However, current statistics show that only 24% of those with the condition are diagnosed leaving an estimated half a million people in the UK undiagnosed.