Medical Nutrition Matters Winter 2019 Volume 38 No. 3 - Dietitian Experiences Using a Novel Portable Personal Testing Gadget For Gluten

Medical Nutrition Matters

This article introduces a new invention to assist patients with gluten intolerance issues to identify sources of gluten in foods.

  • Release Date: February 15, 2019
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Portable gadgets that allow consumers to test food for gluten and various allergens are beginning to enter the marketplace. The Nima Sensor (Nima Labs, Inc., San Francisco, CA) for gluten is one such gadget marketed to gluten-free consumers as a tool that allows the testing of gluten anytime and anywhere. Dietitians participated in a dinner hosted by Gluten Free Watchdog, LLC, to evaluate how a portable testing sensor for gluten is perceived and used. Procedure: Seventeen dietitians received brief instruction on use of the Nima Sensor and were encouraged to read the instructions provided by the manufacturer. They described their (delete testing) experience in writing, including the test result, the food they chose to test and why, how they felt while waiting for the result, and how they felt seeing the result.

CPEU: 0.5
CPE Level: 2
Learning Need Codes: 5110, 2020, 5220, 5460
Performance Indicators: 10.4.2, 11.1.1, 11.1.2, 8.1.5

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify pros and cons to consumer use of a portable gadget intended to detect gluten in prepared foods
  2. Understand both the consumer experience and the dietitian experience of using such devices
  3. Be prepared to counsel patients on the use of portable gadgets for detecting gluten in prepared foods

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  • Release Date: February 15, 2019