This week on Health Tech Weekly we look at a new device designed especially for people with a gluten allergy or sensitivity. NIMA is a sensor device that is portable and can detect the presence of gluten in foods in just two minutes. The sensitivity is able to detect gluten down to 20 parts per million in just about any food item.
The NIMA sensor uses a proprietary technology to detect gluten using simple chemistry miniaturized in a pocket-sized device. You simply place the food you want to test in a single use canister, slide it into the NIMA sensor dock and in about two minutes, you have an answer. It even syncs with a dedicated mobile app so you can track the food you test, share and read tests from other users and get tips for dining out with a food allergy.
Gluten Sensitivity A Global Issue
Nima uses antigen-based chemistry in a proprietary chemical-mechanical process to detect the presence of gluten in samples of food at a level of at least 20ppm. The process and the chemistry have been developed, tested, and re-tested by the science team who have their own share of food sensitivities, and who share a dedication to providing food transparency to all through Nima.
Nima is designed to test gluten in foods at a minimum of 20ppm. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that any product labeled “gluten-free” contain a maximum gluten content of 20ppm. Individual sensitivities and allergies will differ between people, so it’s best for each person to know their own tolerances and judgment in addition to testing samples with Nima.
Gluten sensitivity and allergies as well as Celiac disease is more common than you might think. It is estimated that up to 1 in 100 people in the world are sensitive to the gluten protein found in wheat products. That could mean the over 3 million people in the U.S. alone are at risk for this problem. You can find out more about this topic at Celiac.org and about the NIMA sensor at NIMASensor.com.
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