Nima Testing: Can, When to Use Caution, and Can't Test
Nima is designed to give you additional information to help you feel more confident before eating. It’s is designed to test ready-to-eat food. When testing, smaller food particles will always make testing easier so crushing, ripping, or fine chopping food is likely to result in less test errors.
This information on this page will help you when doing Nima testing: what foods you can test, when you should use caution (or take extra steps), and items that can’t be tested using Nima.
We have already tested numerous foods with Nima. Foods you can test include:
- Packaged goods
- French fries
- Meat balls
- Tortilla chips
Soy sauce, beer, kombucha, yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi
The fermentation process breaks apart the gluten molecules and renders them unable to be detected with the chemical process. Since Nima can’t detect the protein, Nima may still display a smile even if there is hydrolyzed gluten present. When testing a sample which includes these foods (soy sauce for example), Nima will still pick up any gluten present in other foods included in the sample.
Alcohol is distilled and will not result in an accurate test.
We cannot detect correctly. Pure vinegar is not compatible with the test. Result will be “Gluten Found” even if if there is no gluten.
Exception: If you test a salad dressing with vinegar and gluten is found, the salad dressing is likely contaminated. If it returns a smiley face, the salad dressing is likely safe.
Dried beans, uncooked pasta, frozen peas, jerky, charred meat, suckers, frozen ingredients
These foods make it extremely difficult to close the capsule and can cause damage to Nima. Remember: If it’s hard to chew, it’s hard to test. These foods need to be softened, ground, finely chopped or defrosted prior to testing.
Intensely colored foods
kool aid powder, bright candies, beets, coffee grounds, food dye
Intense coloring can hinder the test reading. These items should be diluted or tested in small quantities.
Gelatin candy, anything containing high amounts of xantham gum or guar gum, taffy, bubble gum
These foods by their nature are extremely thick and prone to stickiness which means they can easily clog the capsules even if samples are small. Use discretion when testing these foods. Samples may need manipulated prior to testing.
High fat foods
ice cream, heavy cream, chocolate, butter, non homogenized milk & salad dressings
If too much high fat food is put into a capsule, the fat will clog the capsule and prevent the test from completing. Nima will display an error if this happens. To lessen this issue, keep samples of these foods small – less than a pea sized amount. If liquid, do not overfill the capsule to the point where the internal teeth are covered.
Very dry or powdery foods
Pure flour, cinnamon, corn starch, dried spices, seasoning packets
If too much dry or powdery food is put into a capsule, the food will clog the capsule and prevent the test from completing. Nima will display an error if this happens. To lessen this issue, keep samples of these foods extremely small. 1/4 teaspoon or less.
Thick or dense foods
Oatmeal, syrup, honey, meat
These textures make it difficult to close the capsule and are prone to clogging the system. When testing, food should be softened or samples made extremely small, 1/4 teaspoon or less.
Non food items
Nima has not been developed to test non food substances. Our testing has been limited to food items so we cannot make claims around the accuracy of test results.
Exception: soap and anything containing surfactant will not produce an accurate result. These items should not be tested.
soda, colas, sparkling waters, and the like