Good news for anyone with a gluten sensitivity — you will soon be able to test any food to see if it contains gluten right at the dinner table.
6SensorLabs, a start-up in San Francisco, has developed the Nima device, which can test a food for gluten in as little as two minutes.
No more guessing based on ingredient labels or trusting the word or your server when you're out to eat.
The Nima sensor works similarly to a blood glucose monitor. Simply place a small amount of the food you want to test in a capsule, twist on the lid, and place it in the device. The lid grinds up the food, mixes it with a solution that extracts the protein, and then the Nima sensor detects whether there is any gluten present. It can detect as little as 20 parts per million, which is the standard measure for gluten-free labeling.
Buzzfeed tested a sample of the Nima Sensor on some of their favorite foods. Check out their review to see what they found.
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