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Nima testing: An omelette

My son’s girlfriend, Liz, whose exquisite sensitivity to gluten I have previously discussed, has to be very careful whenever she eats outside the home. One misstep and she has to contend with weeks of joint and abdominal pain, the joint pain severe enough to make even walking difficult.

Nima Testing: Whiskey and Gin

Conventional wisdom is that, even though alcoholic spirits such as whiskey, bourbon, and gin are brewed from grain ingredients, the process of distillation (i.e., heat used to provoke evaporation of volatile contents, followed by condensation) reduces gluten residues to low levels. Limited testing has measured 20 parts per million gluten or less in these spirits, below the FDA cutoff for designating something “gluten-free.”

However, when I tested Jack Daniel’s whiskey and Bombay Sapphire gin, both tested “high-gluten,” meaning testing positive for gluten residues above 20 ppm. And “high gluten” could mean a substantial exposure (though not quantified above the 20 ppm cutoff).

Nima testing: “Gluten-free” Steak

It’s late September, but you’d think it was summer judging by the 90-degree days we’ve been having. So I had dinner in the Third Ward section of Milwaukee, a bustling, revitalized previously industrial area, in the street-front patio at an Italian restaurant called Onesto. I ordered an Aged Filet steak labeled “GF” for gluten-free on the menu and tested it with the Nima gluten-testing device. The steak was served on a bed of thinly-shaved zucchini and thin sauce of “cremini compound butter” and what looked like shaved Parmesan cheese.

Here was the result:

Discount on the Nima gluten testing device for Wheat Belly followers

If you are interested in your own Nima device to test your food for gluten residues, they are offering a 20% discount on the Nima Starter Kit if you enter coupon code WHEATBELLY.

The Nima device is useful for anyone with substantial gluten/grain sensitivities. While it only tests for gluten residues, this can serve as a marker for grain contamination. You can find more information about the device and the starter kit here.

In my experiences, the device is easy to use:

 

It’s easily portable, small enough to carry in your purse or jacket pocket.