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Device that can test if your food is gluten-free

People who have food issues like the celiac disease get stressed when eating out, and end up avoiding eating out altogether. Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disease in which eating gluten can cause severe damage to the small intestine. There are currently no treatments or cures for this disease, except eating a diet without any gluten, which is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley.

But now, a discreet new device, small enough to fit into a pocket or purse, could make eating out an easier and safer experience for gluten-sensitive people. San Francisco based 6SensorLabs has developed the portable gluten-testing device called Nima, which can test food for the presence of gluten, providing results within minutes.

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Nima lets you see what is happening in your food at a molecular level (Image courtesy: https://nimasensor.com)

Using Nima, individuals can make sure their food is gluten-free by placing a tiny piece of their meal inside a disposable capsule, twisting the cap shut and inserting the capsule into Nima’s main sensor unit. Within two to three minutes, Nima lets them know if the food is safe to eat by displaying a smiley face on the screen if there is no gluten, or a frown if the result is positive for the protein.

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