This Device Can Detect Trace Amounts of Peanuts in Food

A new device has been launched to help people with peanut allergies.

Called the Nima Peanut Sensor, this device is here to make a big claim and has the potential to save lives. 

The Nima Peanut Sensor detects traces of peanut protein in your food so that if you're allergic to peanuts, you'll know to stay away.

Check out the video walk-through of how the device works below:


Nima (the company) warns that their peanut sensor is not supposed to be the final arbiter of what you can and can't eat when you have food allergies. 

"Nima is not designed to replace your EpiPen," said Shireen Yates, the CEO and co-founder of Nima, in a press release. "As a person with allergies, it's still important to do your due diligence and keep your EpiPen on hand for emergencies. Nima is designed to provide one additional data point about your food to help users make a more informed decision before they take the first bite."  

Here's how the Nima Peanut Sensor works: You put a pea-size piece of food into a single-use test capsule, screw on the cap (which grinds the food inside), put the capsule in the detector, and press the power button to start the test. Chemicals in the capsule mix with the food and break apart the bonds between any peanut protein present and other food molecules. 

This device starts at $229 for the device alone, or $289 for the device plus 12 testing capsules that are necessary to use the device.

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Photos: YouTube screen-grab

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