This post is about the new ALLIS Sensor, a portable gluten-detecting device that reveals if a food item contains gluten and how much. This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosures.
The ALLIS Sensor is coming soon and I’m giddy.
For many years, I used the Nima Sensor gluten detecting device to check my food for hidden gluten. The Nima Sensor helped me manage the anxiety I felt on a daily basis when it came to food.
However, the Nima Sensor has been mismanaged by Medline, the company that bought the gluten detecting device in March 2020.
Since Medline took over, no one has been able to purchase a Nima Sensor, and the single-use test capsules have been available only sparingly on Amazon. There have been rumors that the Nima Sensor might go out of business too.
I recently received an email from the ALLIS Sensor in my inbox. The company was accepting pre-orders for its portable gluten detecting device. It felt like my prayers were answered because ALLIS promises to be all the Nima Sensor is and more.
Did You Know? The word “allis” is a combination of two words: “allergen” and “analysis.”
How the ALLIS Sensor Works
You need a smartphone to use the ALLIS Sensor as it pairs with the Sensor and delivers your result via the app.
To test your food for hidden gluten, simply place a small piece of your food in a single-use ALLIS Sensor test cartridge, place the cartridge in the ALLIS Sensor, and in about two minutes, the ALLIS Sensor will reveal (via the app on your mobile phone) if the food is safe for you to eat.
ALLIS vs. Nima Sensor
Just like the Nima Sensor, the ALLIS Sensor requires the use of expensive single-use test capsules/cartridges to test each food item.
However, unlike the Nima Sensor, the ALLIS Sensor not only reveals if your food contains gluten, but also how much gluten it contains. In fact, the ALLIS Sensor reveals exactly how many parts per million (PPM) of gluten it found in the item, allowing you to make a more educated decision about whether or not to enjoy that food.
Also, ALLIS can test non-edible items for hidden gluten too, including shampoos, lotions, makeup and other personal products. The Nima Sensor was not validated for testing on non-food items.
The Nima Sensor has been widely criticized for being “too accurate” as a user won’t know if a positive gluten test means it found 4 ppm or 19 ppm of gluten.
The FDA says a food item is considered gluten free, and can be labeled gluten free, if it contains less than 20 ppm of gluten. That means a “gluten-free” food item can contain 19 ppm and still be considered gluten free.
Knowing the ppm of gluten in each food item allows ALLIS users to make an educated decision about whether or not they can eat an item. For example, someone may choose to eat an item that contains 6 ppm, but may pass on something that contains 16 ppm.
ALLIS Sensor Technology
According to the ALLIS website, the cartridge contains an antibody biochemical test that detects, extracts and isolates proteins inside the food.
The liquid in each cartridge immediately breaks apart the proteins in the food sample, allowing the Sensor to examine whether any antibodies attach to the proteins, thereby detecting any allergens inside the food.
While the cartridge does the heavy lifting in breaking down the food, the Sensor quantifies the exact amount of allergens present (parts per million). The Sensor then uses AI algorithms to reveal the test result on its mobile phone app.
Where to Buy an ALLIS Sensor
The ALLIS Sensor is available for preorders on the ALLIS website. It costs $228. ALLIS is currently offering a pre-order special for $165. The device is set to deliver in November 2021.
I have not had the opportunity to personally test the ALLIS Sensor, but when I do, I will add more information and photos to this post.
In the meantime, check out the ALLIS Sensor website to see the ALLIS Sensor in action.