Keep on top of your nutritional needs with our round-up of five of the best diet and healthy eating apps

Words Joy Montgomery

BEST FOR GLUTEN-FREE: Gluten Free Scanner K

A real time-saver for coeliacs or those trying a gluten-free diet, Gluten Free Scanner UK uses your iPhone camera to scan the barcodes of food products. A team of registered dietitians and researchers take care of the accuracy of the database, which can be searched by product name, brand or category. Other feature include dining and travel cards, which allows you to eat safely in restaurants, domestically and abroad.

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This low FODMAP diet app has been developed in partnership with medical experts and dieticians from Kings College and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. The app enables you to search for suitable packaged UK foods when following the low FODMAP diet. The low FODMAP diet has been shown to be effective in managing IBS symptoms in up to 70% of people.

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The Change4Life Sugar Smart app is designed to show quickly and easily how much total sugar is in the things you’re buying, eating and drinking. Simply scan the barcode and see how much total sugar it contains – the perfect tool to help you make healthier choices and cut your sugar intake

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BEST FOR VEGAN: Vanilla Bean

Discover the best plant-based venues in your area with the award-winning restaurant guide: vanilla bean. Is it vegan? Is it raw, local, lactose- or gluten free and is it organic? vanilla bean offers the widest selection of UK and Irish locations for vegans. Introduced as one of the best new apps at Apple and well known from Huffington Post and Peta, vanilla bean is one of the winners of the Show Your App Award 2016.

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BEST FOR CALORIE CONTROL: Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the fast and easy-to-use calorie counter app. With the largest food database (over 5,000,000 foods) and fast and easy food and exercise entry, it’ll help you take off those extra pounds.

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