As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention.
The creators of the Sage Project were frustrated and overwhelmed when grocery shopping and reading label after label after label only to be confused by the data. So they developed a website that takes all the trial-and-error out of food shopping.
Thanks to the personalized approach of the site, it could be a very helpful tool for parents grocery shopping for food allergies.
All you have to do is sign up on the site and take a short quiz to determine your dietary preferences. The third question on the quiz asks if you are allergic to any of the following:
- Milk and Dairy
- Stone Fruit
- Tree Nuts
Unfortunately, there is no option to add additional allergens. If you are shopping for food free of unusual allergens like cinnamon or garlic, then the site may not be as useful. Hopefully in the future the Sage Project developers will allow for fully customizable allergen searches.
But if your allergens are included in the above list, you’ll breathe a sigh of relief! Not only can you get brand recommendations by exploring the site, you can also see in-depth information about ingredients and nutrients with nifty graphs and charts.
If you are trying to watch additional sugars, avoid artificial colors or even reduce packaging waste, there are options to refine product choices based on these attributes and more, cutting your research time in half.
But one foreseeable kink in the process is where to buy the products once they’ve been identified. If you live near a Whole Foods Market, no problem; the site is tailored to the brands they typically carry. But if you live in small town or shop on a budget, you might have to go on a grocery store scavenger hunt with a list of suitable products and brands in hand.
All in all, the Sage Project is an intriguing new way to explore the foods that are healthy for you and your family. Have you used the site? Has it helped you while grocery shopping for food allergies to find allergen-free foods you didn’t know about already? Let us know what you think in the comments below.