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    I Used A Device To See If Gluten Was In "Gluten-Free" Foods And Was Very Surprised By The Results

    The Nima is a food sensor that determines if foods contain gluten.

    Hi, I'm Krista, and while I don't have any health issues that prevent me from eating gluten, I have been trying to cut it from my diet.

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    I get random stomach pains at times, triggered by foods containing gluten, so I have been trying to see if I feel better removing it from my diet altogether.

    A device called Nima actually tests food in minutes to see if it contains gluten.

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    According to Nima, the device has a an accuracy of 99.5% to detect 20 parts per million of gluten.

    There is also a free Nima app where people can share their results with the gluten-free community.

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    People have shared their gluten results from food at certain restaurants, as well as foods bought in stores. The below image is an example of the "gluten-friendly" rating of restaurants on a map.

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    So, I wanted to see how well the device actually worked IRL. It features a rating system that indicates if foods contain zero, a low amount, or a high amount of gluten.

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    You place a small amount of the food you want to test into each capsule before placing it into the food sensor.

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    Once the capsule is inside, the Nima determines if the food contains gluten.

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    For me, it took approximately three to five minutes for each result.

    For my trial purposes, I decided to simply test out a few "gluten-free" items from the grocery store.

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    Test #1: Caulipower pizza

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    The Caulipower pizza failed the gluten-free test. It had one wheat symbol, which means it does contain a low amount of gluten.

    Test #2: Realgood cauliflower pizza

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    Realgood pizza also failed the gluten-free test, showing it also contains a small amount of gluten.

    Test #3: On the Border chips

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    HOORAY!!! The Nima found that On the Border chips do not contain any gluten.

    Test #4: Organic blueberries

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    After running this test, I read that the Nima cannot test liquids, so I think the fact that the blueberry was crushed when twisted into the capsule made it impossible for this item to be tested.

    Test #5: Trader Joe's cauliflower pizza

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    I am happy to report that that Trader Joe's brand of cauliflower pizza is completely gluten-free.

    Test #6: Bada Bean Bada Boom snacks

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    I'm not sure why, but the results for these snacks came out inconclusive...so we may never know.

    Overall, I really think this product — along with the app — is very beneficial for people who cannot eat gluten because, as I found out, some foods that claim to be gluten-free may not be completely free of gluten.

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    If you don't want to purchase the food sensor, I think just downloading the free app could be useful, because people share the results of their food within it.

    You can purchase the Nima gluten-testing device for $289, and the company also sells a peanut-testing device for the same price.

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