For those of you who have not heard of it, Nima® is a new way to test whether that supposedly gluten free meal you just ordered is really gluten free.
As anyone with celiac or gluten intolerance knows, ordering a meal outside of your well-controlled kitchen can be a minefield. So can family dinners. Just cause is says gluten free, doesn’t mean it is. I have seen blatant mistakes on menus; one that comes to mind is the Stout braised short rib on a restaurant menu in Columbia, Maryland. No, it’s not gluten free stout. Just goes to show how rampant the ignorance about gluten free foods is.
Now there is a way to test that meal to see if it is truly gluten free. According to Nima’s website:
This couldn’t be any simpler. The only problem I see with this great new technology is the price tag-the starter kit is $199 which comes with three testing capsules. The $247 capsule comes with a 12 pack of testing capsules. I am sure once the device hits the market this Fall that the price will go down as it becomes more mainstream. The people behind Nima are also pitching it to restaurants. This would be great, but costly. Units that test dairy and nut allergies are also in the works.
The device can also test liquids, and it is compatible with blue tooth so you can connect to your phone, and also share your information with other Nima users.
I think this is a great idea that has been a long time in coming. If you have intolerance to gluten or celiac, this could be a wonderful gadget if you don’t dine out very frequently. If you do, it could get very expensive. But you have to weigh the cost against peace of mind and possible “glutening”.
I am debating on ordering one. I don’t dine out often. But it would be great not to have to worry when I do that I will be sick for days.
If you would like more information on Nima, please check out their Q&A.