Gluten, Food Allergies and Intolerances in the U.S. [Infographic]

Gluten and Food Allergy Statistics Infographic- click to enlarge -

We recently released our Allergy & Gluten Free Scanner app, and you were the first to hear about it here on the blog. Yesterday, we formally announced the app in a press release:

Based on a user’s allergy and intolerance preferences, the app analyzes the product ingredient list, allergy statement, and information from manufacturer, and alerts when an allergen is present or suspect. Additionally, Fooducate offers safe and more nutritious alternatives.

We also released an important update for those suffering from multiple allergies: we’ve removed the previous limitation on 3 allergies at most. You can select as many allergies as you need.


Gluten Allergy App Screenshots

As part of yesterday’s press release, we gathered some interesting statistics and created the  infographic above, exploring some facts and figures surrounding food allergies and intolerances in the United States.

In our press release, we also acknowledged the budding community around the app:

Product labels change frequently, and many shoppers have been apprehensive about using automated tools reliant on online databases.

This is where Fooducate’s unique community comes into play. Fooducate harnesses the collective vigilance of its loyal members, encouraging them to comment and discuss the product allergy information provided, and even to dispute it.

Each comment is promptly reviewed and investigated by a team of experts. Updates are then made to Fooducate’s product database of over 200,000 products, which has become the platform of choice for people to discover more about the products they eat.



Gluten Allergy App Screenshots 2


From initial use of the app, we have gathered some interesting stats:

* The top 3 allergy/intolerance selections are:

  1. Gluten Free – 35% of the app users.
  2. Milk – 18%
  3. Peanuts – 11%

* 38% of users specified just a single intolerance / allergy, but 35% specified 3 allergies.

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  • Kristi

    Love this, when will it be available for Android?

  • Phil Monaco

    I think Carter’s allergies will improve as his diet improves. You are to be congratulated for taking such a pro-active approach.

  • Jonathan

    Android Version

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  • Emily

    This would make it so much easier to manage my son’s food allergies, but I have an Android device, so I can’t use this app. Will it be available for us Android users anytime soon?

  • Tonya

    Would love to know when this will be available for Android? This would help so much with my allergies to gluten and wheat.

  • Jenny Christine

    I just started using this app for nut allergies. I’m fidning it often says htings may contain nuts when the pakage lable i read does not indicate this. Why would it be saying this? Example: nutrigrain bars, Sara Lee Thin Buns, Pepsi?

    • Fooducate

      We take extra precaution and if there is an ingredient that may be nut derived or contaminated it will pop us as a “maybe”. Please add your opinion / hard facts to the discussion thread for each specific product and we will do our best effort to contact the manufacturer and get an up to date status.

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  • Kim Cape Buchanan

    Hi, I have a new blog and I would love to show this infographic on food allergies / intollerances. Is that possible, and if so, how can I get the file?