NEWS – My daughter has allergies and asthma, and she has a lot of food allergies, including peanut allergy. Over the years, we’ve had to be very careful with what she ate. Peanuts can cause anaphylaxis, meaning an exposure can be fatal. Even when she was tiny, she knew to ask first if food had peanuts in it before she could accept food from even her grandparents. To make things a little easier for those with peanut allergies now, Nima has developed the world’s first portable peanut sensor, so you can test a new food or a restaurant’s offerings before you take a bite. I would have lived my life with one of these Nima Peanut Sensors in my hand when my daughter was growing up, if only they had been available then.
To use, you place a small amount of the food in the peanut test capsule, put the capsule in the sensor, and wait a few minutes for the result.
“Nima’s antibody-based chemistry was developed by MIT scientists to be faster, cheaper, and usable right at the dinner table. Nima is optimized to detect 10 parts per million of peanut protein and above. 10 ppm is the lowest adverse reaction level observed in patients during clinical research studies.
“Nima is recognized as a leader in allergen research and has been awarded a grant from the National Institute of Health to develop the peanut sensor. Nima is advised by some of the top allergen researchers in the world.”
Using the Nima app, you can also search their database of over 20,000 results to discover peanut-free restaurants and packaged foods tested by Nima sensor owners. You can help build the database by uploading information about your testing results.
Nima’s Peanut Sensor has a rechargeable battery that usually needs to be charged about once a month. It comes with a carrying case and twelve test capsules for $289.00. You can purchase more test capsules for $72.00 for 12 tests; with automatic refills, the price drops to $59.00 per 12-pack. To help with the cost, financing for 3, 6, 0r 12 months is available, if you qualify. And the Peanut Sensor and test capsules are FSA/HSA reimbursable.
Learn more and purchase the Nima Peanut Sensor at the Nima website.