Review: Nima – A gadget that tests food for gluten

By | January 26, 2016

Nima is a pocket-sized gadget that tests food for gluten.

A San Francisco-based tech firm, 6SensorLabs, has developed a new personal gadget that allows consumers to test their gluten in just two minutes. Since many people that are lactose intolerant, are also gluten intolerant especially with celiac disease – this device will be quite beneficial to these people.

What’s so great about this device?

  • Handheld and small enough to fit in one’s pocket or purse
  • Offers a discreet way for consumers with gluten intolerance that their food is safe to eat.
  • 99.9% accurate

Who should be using this device?

  • People with food sensitivities for gluten and have anxiety problems about eating outside their homes or not in their comfort zone stressing about the food their eat,
  • Individuals that are gluten intolerant and suffer from autoimmune diseases such as celiac disease, hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.
  • Those that are health conscious and on gluten free diets

How does Nima work?

This pocket-sized gadget detects gluten quantities to at least 20 parts per million – the maximum level allowed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for products labelled as “gluten free”.

The device makes use of sample food and capsules that are inserted into the device. The consumer places a sample of food into a disposable capsule, then screw the cap prior to inserting the capsule into the device. The capsule is inserted into the device, a simple button is pressed and the testing begins with results displayed within two minutes.

The results are displayed as follows: A happy face will appear when the sample indicates the food is gluten free, and  a sad face appears when the food is not gluten free, as illustrated below.

Tech firm launches pocket-sized gadget that tests food for gluten


…and a sad face if it's not. ©6SensorLabs


Why is this device so important?

People that are gluten intolerance individuals suffer from many problems, such as diarrhea and bloating, and it even become’s a health when suffers from an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis, when ingest even small amounts of gluten protein. Gluten protein is generally found in wheat, barley and rye – these are the most common foods around in restaurants and grocery stores. Anyone who does not prepare their food carefully poses a high health risk to these individual.  Another problem is the cross contamination in restaurants and production of food for grocery foods that advertise foods that are gluten free – this device will be an excellent way to determine if it is safe to eat.

Cost and where to buy?

Nima is currently taking pre-orders through its website for distribution in mid-2016, ahead of general availability – although the gadgets don’t come cheaply. A Nima starter kit, which contains the reusable sensor and three disposable test capsules, costs $249; while a 12-count pack of test capsules will be available during pre-sale for $47.95.

What important to note is the cost to gluten-intolerant consumers who are unsure about a food but proceed without adequate testing could be much greater – so think of this as a great investment to both your health and money


A device that is an investment for your health can only do good. Generally people that are gluten intolerant do not frequently eat food that is not prepared for themselves – with taking the cost into consideration this is worth having if you frequent a restaurant now and then, or invited to a wedding  or social event. With the product yet to launch, I suggest place your order as this will do wonders to your health.

There is good news for individuals that are intolerant to peanuts and lactose – as they are in the development phase of making similar devices for these intolerance.

Have you tried this device? What has your experience been like? Share your thoughts and comments below.

5 thoughts on “Review: Nima – A gadget that tests food for gluten

  1. Debra

    I really love the idea behind this device and I think as time passes the company could have the ability to have Nima test for other things as well. Things such as peanuts, strawberries, wheat etc… Having one unit that could be programed for the specific items you can’t eat would be great. It this point though, I would have a hard time with the cost of the unit, not to mention that each capsule is about $4 as well.

    Something to definitely keep my eye on though. Great review by the way.

  2. Abrielle

    Wow what a great invention! I work in food service and I know my guests would totally love this! You are right in that it is so bothersome and scary to go out to eat when you are sensitive to a food or have an allergy. Despite best efforts, human error is always a possibility. What a great way to be safe eating out, kind of like a safety net for your diet. I’ll be telling my friends about this for sure!

    1. Uwais Post author


      This is an excellent product to help people with gluten intolerance to feel safe and comfortable about what their eat.

  3. Brad

    This gadget is awesome. I had no idea that something like this was being developed. It is a good thing and will be very helpful for those who are watching out for gluten. It also looks really cool!

    I don’t have an intolerance as such, but I do try to avoid gluten just because I don’t believe it is good for us and may cause health problems.

    I think the Nima is fantastic and I hope it really catches on. A peanut one sounds like a potentially life saving device too.

    Good job on raising awareness of the effects of gluten and dairy.


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