Going Gluten-FreeJanuary 26, 2017

Is it Really Gluten-Free? Nima, the Portable Gluten Sensor, is on the Case!

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Posted by Kelly Kurzhal

The day had finally come. My Nima® portable gluten sensor arrived in the mail. I could hardly contain my excitement!

Nima Sensor and Lucky Charms

My son, Jack, was diagnosed with celiac disease back in 2009 as a toddler. For the past 7 years, he’s avoided all gluten – just like all celiacs do on a medically-necessary diet. But there’s been many times over the years where I’ve asked, “Is it really truly gluten free?” or, “Do they know about cross contamination?” and, “Do they fry their french fries in the same fryer as the breaded chicken nuggets?” – but Nima is here to help.

For my first experience with a Nima sensor, I wanted to test something I’ve consistently questioned the gluten status of. With Chick-Fil-A being one of the few fast food restaurants that offers “gluten-free” french fries, I wanted to test their fries to ease my restless mind. 

Nima Sensor and Chick-Fil-A Testing

The Nima pocket-sized portable gluten sensor is very easy to use. I put a pea-sized piece of french fry into the capsule and twisted until it clicked. I placed the capsule in the sensor, pressed the button to start, and waited less than a couple of minutes while it calculated the results. And there it was…a universal symbol for happiness, a smiley face indicating the Chick-Fil-A french fries were in fact free from gluten. How cool is that?

Please note: results from Nima tests like these don't guarantee that the product is gluten-free all the time, but it is an extra data point to help make more informed decisions in where and what you eat.

Nima Sensor and Chick-Fil-A

Not only is the device great, but there’s also an app for your smart phone to create a community of safe dining options. The app syncs and shares your device’s test results with other users, when using Nima at a restaurant like Chick-Fil-A.

Nima Sensor and Lucky Charms Testing

Once I had the sensor, I wanted to check what else I've been skeptical about allowing my son to eat. AH-HA! Lucky Charms. I’ve never allowed Jack to eat them, as I’ve always been concerned about whether the mechanically-separated oats were free of cross contamination. Well, the verdict is in: Nima says "Yes!", they are safe and no gluten was found. Wow.

Nima Sensor and Capsules

You can get your own Nima online now. The Nima starter kit comes with three one-time-use capsules, a charging cable and a carrying pouch. It’s available online for $279, and you can order refills or buy a capsule refill subscription service.

After years of wondering, “Is it really gluten free?” there is now a device that can truly tell me, “yes it’s safe” or, “no it contains gluten.” I love this, because as a mother, I want to ensure that everything that Jack eats is safe and free of gluten.

I look forward to using the Nima sensor in the future and for Jack to learn how to use it as well. This device will be helpful when I’m not around and he’s out on his own. He will count on the Nima sensor in certain situations to keep him out of harms way. And this momma feels much more at ease knowing there’s a device that can answer “is it really gluten free?” or better yet, “is this safe for my child to eat?”

Nima Sensor logo




Raising Jack with Celiac Kelly Kurzhal

Kelly Kurzhal's husband was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012.  With both her son and husband having celiac disease, Kelly is on a mission to provide gluten-free recipes, gluten-free product reviews and to share her story of living with celiac disease - and to encourage those with celiac disease to live a happy, healthy gluten-free lifestyle! Check out her blog, Raising Jack With Celiac.

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Wow! That is indeed expensive! I'm waiting for Telspec to come out with their unit (hopefully this year). One time cost - and a subscription to a yearly app that does all the work for you. Not only tests gluten but tells you what else is in what you are eating.

Posted by: Aims | January 30, 2017 1:27 PM    Report this comment

At $279 for the unit and $116 for refill capsules, this is ridiculously expensive. And since you need to order a dish to get a sample to be tested, it's useless for eating out--you'll have to pay for the dish even if it isn't gluten-free.

Posted by: Omnivore | January 30, 2017 10:23 AM    Report this comment

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