Nima tests samples of food for gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. A similar test for peanut is coming soon!
Nima's proprietary antibody specifically tests for the protein found in gluten. You can read more on our science page.
There are limitations around Nima's ability to detect gluten in all substances. For example, fermentation/hydrolization produces changes in the gluten protein, so Nima won't be able to detect hydrolyzed gluten, or gluten in fermented foods (such as soy-sauce or gluten-removed beers).
Corn, rice, and oats, while glutinous (meaning "like glue in texture") do not contain the same gluten protein found in wheat, barley, and rye that people with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivities react to, so Nima doesn't search for corn, rice, or oats in samples of food. Nima would however search for gluten contamination in those foods.
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