Nima has released a new online tool that will help those with sensitive peanut and wheat allergies find restaurants with safe-to-eat options. The company is dedicated to providing as much information on food as possible so diners can make informed decisions on where to eat. This tool is not only convenient, but it could also save lives.
In the United States, researchers estimate that around 32 million Americans have a food allergy. Wheat and peanuts are some of the most common allergens in the country, and there are many different foods that contain them; if one is not careful, then one can ingest traces of wheat or peanut that can cause an allergic reaction. Both can cause someone to go into anaphylactic shock, and it could be life-threatening if not treated immediately. With so many people living with an allergy, tools like the one Nima created are important for safe dining.
On their website, Nima created a map tool that lets diners search for restaurants in their area that serve safe-to-eat food. A diner can scroll through their database of over 250,000 restaurants and 3 million “Nima-tested” dishes to find a good, allergen-free meal. The site allows you to search for a specific restaurant, type of cuisine, or a certain dish, and it will show you the results—complete with directions, pricing, and reviews. The dishes were tested with Nima’s peanut and gluten censors and were not added to the map until they passed the test.
Nima is dedicated to giving people more information about the food they eat. In 2017, they released a handheld device that tests for gluten in food—saving the lives of many people living with Celiac Disease. The new mapping tool is another step towards avoiding surprise allergic reactions. In a statement, their CEO said, “Our ultimate goal is the democratization and transparency of data as it relates to food allergens and this new platform brings us one step closer to our mission.”
While both tools can drastically reduce the number of allergic reactions someone has, it’s still important to exercise caution when buying food. Neither have a safeguard against cross-contamination when a worker is making the dish; if they didn’t switch gloves before making a gluten-free dish, a customer could still ingest some traces of gluten. With more tools, however, the lives of those living with allergies is made easier.