Gluten intolerance is a serious problem, as can be seen in the ever-increasing number of gluten-free products on the market, from bread and cakes to pasta. In 2017, for example, the “free from” market in the UK, which focuses on gluten-free products, rose by 27 percent. This is not surprising, since gluten can cause severe digestive issues in people who are sensitive to the protein. In people with celiac disease, for example, gluten can damage the lining of the small intestine, which can lead to problems such as nerve damage and osteoporosis.
Unfortunately, it can be hard to tell if a meal you are ordering at a restaurant or a product you are considering buying at a supermarket contains gluten. This is where the Nima Gluten Sensor can come in handy. The nifty device can let you know if your food really is or is not gluten-free (Nima tests food to the limit set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which is 20 parts per million of gluten). Better still, it can test virtually any type of food, from baked goods and desserts to soups and sauces.
Billing itself as “the world’s first connected food sensor,” Nima is compact enough to place in your purse or pocket. It also comes with a handy carry pouch, so you can take it with you anywhere you go. The gluten tester is battery-operated and fully rechargeable with a micro-USB cable.
The health device is also ultra easy to use. Simply fit it with a disposable testing capsule and load it with a food sample you want to test. Wait around three minutes before reading the results—a smiley face indicates that your meal is gluten-free while a wheat icon tells you that you should steer clear of whatever it was you were about to consume. After the testing process is complete, replace the used up capsule with a fresh one for future testing (the device comes with three capsules to get you started).
To keep track of your test results, sync Nima with the Nima iOS/Android App. This also lets you share your results with others on a crowd-sourced database, and search the database for products and restaurant meals already tested by others.
Nima is a truly revolutionary device, states the editor of www.supplementnation.co.uk. “The immune systems of people with gluten intolerance look at gluten proteins as invaders, attacking both gluten and the gut itself. This is what causes digestive issues. Since many products and meals that are advertised as gluten-free actually contain gluten, using Nima can be a game changer. This said, people who go gluten-free are often deficient in important minerals and vitamins, and should ensure that they replenish those.”