Enlightening Food Allergy Awareness with Brazen Technology!
Today launches the start of Food Allergy Awareness Week! Could the day be fast approaching where 15 million American sufferers won’t have to cringe at the thought of trying out a new food or wonder if they are heading into a bees nest of uncertainty next time they decide to dine out? Ok, so it hasn’t exactly happened yet. But, a number of start up companies, including Kitchology, are working over time to reduce the abysmal number of needed trips to the ER for food allergy reported cases (it’s one every 3 minutes according to FARE) by using some form of chemistry, engineering and their hearts to help food allergy sufferers get some tangible relief.
All of these company founders have either themselves or have loved ones who suffer with a food allergy or multiple food allergies. They understand the associated fears and concerns first hand; they have a vested interest in helping people enjoy safe worry free eating.
Two of them, 6Sensor Labs and Allergy Amulet are perfecting food sensors that allow diners to test for non contaminated traces of food allergens when eating out. The former has a product, Nima, which consists of disposable capsules inserted into a pod device designed to detect specific traces of gluten (for the time being, others to follow) at a level consistent with the FDA’s gluten free stamp of approval.
Meanwhile, the latter employs an amulet ‘pendant’ worn on a necklace, or embedded in a ring, for which the user touches a specific potentially offending allergen with test strips, and within seconds he or she receives a reading. Their first roll out, expected in 2018, will focus on peanuts.
Another company, Aller Guarder seeks to alert you within a 50 mile radius of whether your child has accidentally been exposed to an allergen. For this one, the child wears a stylish silicone bracelet encased with advanced bluetooth technology. A pre-designated individual has a special app.
With the two synched up together, should the child appear in harm’s way, the app alerts a smartphone or tablet to the situation, and dramatically reduces the probability of another trip to the ER. Worried about divulging personal information to strangers? They thought of that potential unsavory possibility too! Only authorized individuals are privy to your child’s health records. The product is available now for food allergy sufferers.
You may want to take the Content Checked app along with you on your next grocery store run. Sure you can read a label. But, with your pre disclosed allergen list this app expects to scan the bar code for the product’s actual ingredients, minus cross contaminants as stated by the company, allowing you to check the results against your own pre disclosed list. A more recent product Sugarchecked tests for 4 different sugars. Migrainechecked is the latest installment. An extra layer of protection never hurts.
Don’t know where you should dine allergy free tonight? Allergy Eats thought of that dilemma. Thanks to the 10’s of thousands of folks who have reported their experiences, this company has built up an online repository of three tiers, from fewer to 50 to over 200, of allergy safe recommended chain restaurants. While not a guarantee, the company’s own claim, the service sure does offer a more potentially appealing dining experience.
Meanwhile, Kitchology, profiles the cook and who they are cooking for so they decide better and eat better. Kitchology is the first integrated platform for special diets, available through the web and mobile app to the 160 million Americans dealing with special diets (the so called health+wellness market). They find a recipe? We make it better, substituting ingredients taking typical inventory into account. They plan to shop? We prepopulate shopping lists and we make product recommendations. Kitchology’s blog is a companion to Kitchology. Join our mailing list to get the latest technology news, recipe modification ideas along with food allergy products that cater to our community. Download the Kitchology app today and join the thousands of users who are helping to improve our technology.
No, none of these companies including our own can offer you a 100% guarantee that using any of these products or services will 100% keep you protected from ever again being exposed to a food allergen. Until they find a cure for this terrible affliction, and that hasn’t happened either, you and your good judgement are still your best first line of defense in protecting you and your loved ones. Yes, you still have to research, and question and share too, because please know we are all in this battle together. Find us and share on our social channels @Kitchology, @kitchenchick123 using hashtag #FoodAllergyAwarenessWeek !
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