FODfinder Video Demonstration Abstract
Millions of people in the United States suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome with symptoms triggered by what are known as FODMAPs. The presence of FODMAPs are not clearly shown on food labels and thus may be challenging to avoid. This video demonstrates a software solution developed by several undergraduates from Western Oregon University’s Computer Science Department to help people suffering from IBS more easily identify triggering foods. They have developed a web application that allows users to explore foods, both generic and from wellknown name brands, and determine whether they are suitable for their diet. The search is backed by the USDA database, and will display information about the foods’ ingredients and nutrition as well as a FODMAP ranking based on a proprietary algorithm. The application also allows users to dynamically label ingredients as high or low risk to allow for a more individualized experience. Users can create lists of foods which they can print to bring to the grocery store, and they can also view other users’ lists to foster a sense of community. Additionally, a mobile android application has also been integrated so that users can search for foods directly in the store and get a quick score for foods they're unsure about. From mobile, searching for foods is as easy as scanning a barcode while in the store to bring up details about that food. Because high risk foods are not labeled as having FODMAPs, the necessity for a solution is all the more crucial. This easy to use software solution fulfills the important role of helping people with IBS easily access specific information about foods and manage their symptoms.
Bullock, Cassidy; Brehm, Gabriel; Alquist, Jensen; and Hill, Tanner, "FODfinder Website Demonstration" (2020). Academic Excellence Showcase Proceedings. 229.
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