Allergen-free peanuts are on their way

Allergen-free peanuts are on their way

Peanut allergy is one of the most common food allergies. Peanuts can cause severe allergic reactions, which can be potentially fatal. It is advised that persons with peanut allergy must carry an epinephrine auto-injector to avoid anaphylactic shock. Make sure to read labels carefully if you have a peanut allergy.

According to a study from the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, allergies to peanuts are increasing amongst children. The study showed that the number of children with peanut allergies more than tripled between 1997 and 2008. Research in the UK and Canada showed similar increases.

Allergies to peanuts usually last a lifetime, which can be very inconvenient and can cause people to miss many types of foods that are made with or contain peanuts.

Peanut allergy sufferers will see relief soon, as North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University scientists have developed a way to process peanuts to get rid of 98 percent of allergens. Allergen-free peanuts are on their way.

The effectiveness of the allergen reducing method was tested with human clinical trials using skin prick tests at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), food allergies cause over 300,000 emergency hospital visits by children under 18 each year, causing over $25 billion in health care costs. This new method of removing allergens from peanuts could save up to 200 deaths from peanut allergies every year and save huge amounts of money on health care.

The best news is that the peanut method is GMO-free. As reported by Food Safety News:

The process treats roasted peanuts, removed from the shell and skin, with food-grade enzymes commonly used in food processing. The treatment consists of soaking the peanuts in an enzymatic solution.”

There is no timetable yet for when the peanuts will be commercially available, but North Carolina A&T Vice Chancellor Wayne Szafranski says that Xemerge (the Canadian company that owns the patent) “are going to be very aggressive at approaching manufacturers.”

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