About Nima

What is Nima?

Nima is a portable food lab designed to test small samples of foods for the possible presence of specific ingredients (for now just gluten). When you test foods with Nima, a complex chemical/mechanical process...

How does Nima work?

There are two parts to Nima: the Nima sensor itself, and a package of disposable test capsules. Together, they identify gluten in samples of food through a combination of antigen-based chemistry and a finely tu...

Why should I use Nima?

If you or your loved ones have food sensitivities, specifically when it comes to gluten, Nima is for you. Nima empowers you with an extra layer of information about your food, and can tell you if it finds glu...

What does Nima mean?

Nima is a Persian name meaning "just" or "fair." Some interpretations include "reknown." Shireen, the co-founder of Nima, is of Persian descent, and we began looking at Persian names to find something meaningf...

How does Nima detect gluten in food?

Nima uses antibody-based chemistry in a proprietary chemical-mechanical process to detect the presence of gluten in samples of food at a level of at least 20ppm (why 20ppm?). When you put a sample of food into...

What sort of gluten does Nima test for?

Nima tests samples of food for gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Fermentation/hydrolization produces changes in the gluten protein, so Nima won't be able to detect hydrolyzed gluten, or gluten...

Can I use Nima to test gluten free beer?

Nima isn't able to detect gluten in gluten-free beer. When gluten is fermented, the gluten protein is broken down into smaller pieces, making it impossible for Nima to detect it. It's possible the tests for ...

What’s Nima's level of detection?

If Nima detects gluten, you will receive a "Gluten Found" message. Nima is not a quantitative test but has been tuned to detect at the 20 ppm range. Your results will vary based on food tested, size of sample,...

At what level below 20 ppm do you detect gluten?

Based on internal testing, Nima has detected gluten at levels as low as 5 ppm. If Nima detects gluten at any level, the "Gluten Found" message will appear on the device. Visit the Nima store.