FFL2014 Mom’s group, one T1D-celiac mum strongly recommend Fooducate app*.

Mention major benefit is gluten free shopper scan barcode, immediately see GF/not GF, not need search label/read tiny print/turn on brain, decipher meaning/spend one hour daily read food boxes.

EXAMPLE: despite vague awareness discrepancies in wild west of GF labeling frontier, Bigfoot assume “GLUTEN FREE” on label = this product has been found, by some measure or another, to not contain gluten. (All right. All right. Notice ingredients include rolled oats sans mention “certified gluten free rolled oats,” but in heart feel certain alleged health-awareness food product biz not desire intentionally fool parent into poison child.)photo-1

But scan barcode. Fooducate  says…


Fooducate lists other products as “may contain gluten” or “more information needed to determine gluten content” or similar, gentler things. So this is pretty severe. As if the red ink, giant asterisk, and triple exclamation marks weren’t enough of a clue.

Meanwhile, Bubs eat one half Zone Perfect Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Gluten Bar nearly daily during school year. Before recess. Regardless, Bubs’s tTg-IgA return normal-person level between fall 2013 (diagnosis celiac, tTg-IgA > 100 whatevers, which medicine says = GINORMOUS) and spring 2014 (follow up blood work tTg-IgA < 20 whatevers; medicine considers normal.)

In conclusion:

  • I like Fooducate because it is fun to scan barcodes and get immediate gluten information about a thing
  • But if Bubs has been eating gluten pretty much continuously this entire time, shouldn’t his guts still be tTg-IgA-ing out the wazooo?
  • Oh! Maybe he doesn’t really have celiac disease!
  • Or maybe he has a special variety of celiac disease where you can eat gluten daily
  • Maybe tTg-IgA under 20 is not very normal at all
  • Maybe Fooducate is lying. Or incorrect.
  • But the scanning! And the instant information! So much fun!

*FREE version Fooducate not offer scan barcode/gluten feature. Gluten version $14.99.

Imagine crawling through desert high noon, no concern refreshment, only



gluten tools.


5 responses to “Fooducated.

  1. I wonder if you have the same suspicions I do about celiac. (Not that it’s not real, or that it’s the diagnosis de jour, which I know people say. I know it’s real)
    What I wonder though is that maybe the gf diet is a way to live with celiac instead of fixing it. Like something is wrong with us and we’re just not eating gluten instead of fixing the thing that’s wrong. The reason I wonder is because eating GF makes you better, but maybe there is another way that could make us better too.

    My suspicion is that it’s all about intestinal flora.


    • Katy

      Robin: genius. This is what Dr. Fasano at MGH thinks too, I think:

      This may be too big a leap, but how about a glug of kefir per bite of baguette?


      • Katy

        “The Fasano lab is currently investigating the composition and changes in the gastrointestinal microbiota to help determine why some individuals with an inherited predisposition to celiac disease develop clinical disease while others do not.”


      • We don’t have any of those fancy kefir/kombucha drinks over here. But I eat fermented fish all the time in hopes of miraculous self-healing.

        Also I’ve been thinking of asking my friend who has an organic farm to give me a big scoop of his dirt. I’m going to make my kids dip their hands into it before meals. Not really, but maybe.


  2. In this case, it looks like the comments may be almost as good as the content. Almost, but not quite. Thanks for sharing.


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