Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease has announced the launch of its new app called ‘Gluten-free on the Move'.
The app which is 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.
Voted the ‘Best Audience Migration to Mobile Technology' at the 2014 UK Mobile & App Design Awards held in London last month, the app includes a venue guide that uses smartphone location services to find local venues serving gluten-free food and highlights those accredited by Coeliac UK.
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.
Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten. Left untreated it may lead to infertility, osteoporosis and small bowel cancer. One in 100 people in the UK have coeliac disease, with the prevalence rising to one in 10 for close family members.
The only treatment for coeliac disease is a strict gluten-free diet for life. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye and is found in foods such as bread, pasta, pizza, cakes etc. However, it is also often used in a wide range of products including, soy sauce, sauces, sausages and many processed goods so people with coeliac disease need to eliminate gluten-containing foods and make sure they choose gluten-free varieties.