Choose My Plate Nutritional Guide

A new app helps consumers scan popular foods for ingredients that may cause allergic reactions.

Kevin Schmidt, QUAD-CITY TIMES file photo

When it comes to allergies, I think I've avoided most or all of them. One time I turned bright red after I got a penicillin shot, and the nurse said I was "probably" allergic to the popular antibiotic.

I never bothered to get tested ... there are lots of alternatives to penicillin. 

That said, there are many people who are allergic to something, and those patients include my own family and friends.

Food allergies are said to impact 15 million Americans, and can be especially worrisome when children are involved. 

Parents often can be seen, frantically trying to read food labels to make sure a certain ingredient (peanuts!) is not included in a product.

Comes now a free, new Smart phone app, ipiit, developed to help consumers figure out the foods, and ingredients, more quickly with a scan. It's online here.

In 2015, the app's representatives reported that consumers were most worried about finding foods free of gluten, wheat, were non-GMO, MSG-free and contained no corn syrup, or high-fructose corn syrup.

The most-scanned products in the app last year (in order from most to least): Nutella hazelnut spread, Old El Paso original taco seasoning mix, Rice Krispies cereal, Nature Valley Oats 'n' Honey granola bars, McCormick original taco seasoning mix, Tostitos tortilla chips, Ortega taco seasoning mix, Jif creamy peanut butter, Hunt's Manwich original Sloppy Joe sauce and Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce.

The app works for IPhone and Android devices.

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