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) backs 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 capsules!
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 and stomach aches for you! FYI you don't have to own a Nima in order to score the benefits of the app. Just download it for free, and enjoy finding products and restaurants that have already been tested.
1. Place a pea size amount of your food into the test capsule, and close.
Seriously, it needs to be pea sized. This will make it easier for you to turn the capsule.
Closing the capsule used to be a headache, as you have to keep turning until the green ring disappears from sight, and officially 'clicks' (this is a really satisfying sound). Like me, it may seem like you needed to have super hero strength to turn it all of the way (I swear I have a couple of arm muscles, Nima!). They now have a wrench just for this purpose, and it's fabulous. If you are having issues closing the capsule, let Nima know, and they will be happy to send you a wrench, free of charge.
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. You will soon find out whether your food is glutinous (wheat stalk) or gluten free (happy face!) a few minutes later.
After a few minutes of the playing the waiting game, a happy face and 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 (even if you DON'T own a NIMA).
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 capsules (however, for me, this is COMPLETELY worth every penny, versus ending up sick or in the ER). It can't test for gluten in soy sauce, beer, or some other fermented items at this time... Yet. Closing the capsule used to also be a pain/con, until the wrench came into play :)
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.