When I first heard of this device, I thought it was too good to be true, but turns out… IT IS TRUE AND IT IS GOOD. I took it to task with a blueberry rice muffin from a local natural food store. Although they don’t specify ‘gluten free’ on the label, all of the ingredients are gluten free. But as we know, considering the muffins are in their fresh-bakery section, there is real risk for cross-contamination. Using Nima is as easy as 1-2-3, literally. It’s a 3-step process. You can be confident it works, knowing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) back it up and that it can detect at little as 20ppm of gluten. As a bonus, it’s FSA/HSA reimbursable, to cover the cost of the test tubes!
How to test with Nima…
First of all, download the Nima app to gather data on your tests, as well as share them (if you so choose). The more people who share about the restaurants they’ve visited and products they’ve tried, means less testing for you!
1. Place a pea size amount of your food into the test capsule.
Seriously, it needs to be pea sized.
2. Insert the capsule into the sensor and press ‘start.’
Seems a little counterintuitive, but make sure you insert the food before pressing start, and that there is at least one battery bar on your Nima. I made this mistake a couple of times.
3. Like a food pregnancy test, you will soon find out whether your food is glutinous (wheat stalk) or gluten free (happy face!).
TAAADAAAA! The blueberry muffin is GF!
I thoroughly enjoyed my future food baby.
It provides you with the necessary confidence to eat out. It's pretty compact, which makes carrying it around easy. The app allows you to see the restaurants and products tested.
You are only able to test a 'pea size' portion, which means other parts of the food may potentially still be contaminated. The device itself can be expensive, as well as the test tubes (this is COMPLETELY worth every penny, versus ending up sick or in the ER).
I am afraid to eat out, with the fear I might end up eating something that will leave me feeling unwell. Not anymore! With its compact size, and ease of use, I plan on bringing Nima everywhere.