For people with gluten allergies or celiac disease, the idea of eating out in restaurants can be terrifying. It typically involves scrutinizing menus and food labels, interrogating waiters, or having to bring their own meals wherever they go.
But now, a discreet, new device, small enough to fit into a pocket or purse, could make eating out an easier and safer experience for gluten-sensitive people.
Manufactured by San Francisco-based startup 6SensorLabs, the portable gluten-testing device, called Nima, can test food for the presence of gluten, providing results within minutes and reducing people’s food anxiety. The device could also provide greater social freedom, making meals more enjoyable, said 6SensorLabs co-founder and chief technology officer Scott Sundvor.
“A lot of people who have food issues get very stressed when they’re eating out, and they avoid eating out altogether,” Sundvor told Live Science. “Our product will really enable them to start going out again and start being more open in social settings.”