Maybe it’s part of a fitness regimen, an opportunity to lower your carbon footprint or your significant other talked you into it. Regardless, those of us who want to eat better know that actually acting on that desire is easier said than done. It’s not always easy to find out if something is completely free of gluten, contaminants or any other sort of unhealthy things. We may never know 100, but recent technology has allowed us to get pretty close. The best part about this technology is that it isn’t stuck in a fancy laboratory, but is actually pretty easily for you or I to come by. I recently came from an article that shared five gadgets that can help us, listed below:
NIMA: Last week, Forbes reported on a portable technology invented to test food for gluten, called NIMA. It was developed by a crack team of some of the country’s top schools and organizations, and can find even the smallest trace of guten. It costs $199, is getting a companion iPhone app and will be shipping out to its first customers by the end of 2016.
MyDX2: Tech startup CDx is dedicated to creating a device that can help us eat, drink and even do drugs cleaner. They already have devices on the market allowing users to test for contamination in water and marijuana, but they’ll soon be releasing MyDX2, a consumer-level substance analyzer that will help consumers detect the harmful chemicals present in our food and water.
FOODsniffer: This is a sensor that literally “sniffs” if the food in your fridge has spoiled. Point a sensor towards the food, and the companion app will perform a quick bio-organic test and give you an instant diagnosis.
SCiO: This USB sensor instantly reads sugar, calorie and alcohol content in foods and drinks. The technology behind the spectrometer has been used for years to test oil, chemicals or sewage, but this is the first consumer-grade sensor to give us the “molecular fingerprint” of whatever we’re eating.
Smartphone: This one isn’t new by any means. There are hundreds of downloadable apps that can keep your diet on track. Beyond apps, a simple Google search on your phone can also help answer any health questions you might have.