According to statistics, 0.6% of people in the United States are allergic to peanuts. A self-reported study conducted in 2008 puts the percentage at 1.4%. In England alone, around 4,000 people are diagnosed with peanut allergy each year.
Physical symptoms of ingesting peanuts if you’re allergic vary from rather benign, such as itchiness, hives, sneezing, and swelling, to life-threatening ones, such as a drop in blood pressure, cardiac arrest, and anaphylaxis. In an attempt to help us stay away from this allergen, the San Francisco, California-based Nima Labs Inc. has developed Nima Peanut Sensor, a new product they created after having a lot of success with their Nima Gluten Sensor.
How does Nima Peanut Sensor work?
It’s very simple, really. You just put a tiny piece of your food into a test capsule, insert the capsule into the sensor and press ‘start.’ In a few minutes, you’ll see if the food is peanut-free or not. If there are no peanuts, then you’ll see a smiley face. If there are peanuts, you’ll get a peanut icon.
Nima Peanut Sensor is so small, you can carry it around with you and have it readily available to test the food you eat at restaurants, catered events, in means of transport, etc.
You can test any type of food, solids, liquids, you name it
MIT scientists optimized Nima to detect 10 part per million of peanut protein. That is the lowest adverse effect level that clinical research studies discovered. Next to the Peanut Sensor they also have a Gluten Sensor, in case that is also interesting to you.
So if you’re interested in making a more informed decision about what you eat by combining your normal precautions with Nima data, you can pre-order the Nima Peanut Sensor Starter Kit for $289 at Nima Labs’ shop or on Amazon. You can also buy a pack of 12 test capsules for $72.
But that’s not all. If you purchase a Premium Membership for $9.99 per month, you’ll receive a free 12-pack of capsules every six months. You’ll also become eligible for automatic refills, $59 per 12-pack, and exclusive Nima-tested reports on a monthly basis.
YouTube: Nima Peanut Sensor – Preventing Allergic Reactions
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