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Hypoallergenic Peanuts in the Works
by Meg Duley,posted Jun 23 2014 6:11AM
Attention peanut allergy sufferers, there could someday be hypoallergenic peanuts. Researchers from North Carolina's Agricultural and Technical State University have developed a process that reduces peanut allergens by up to 98 percent.
The process requires soaking de-shelled and roasted peanuts in a solution of food-grade enzymes. Lead researcher Jianmei Yu says, "Treated peanuts can be used as whole peanuts, in pieces, or as flour to make foods containing peanuts safer for many people who are allergic." The treated peanuts apparently still look and taste like regular, roasted peanuts.
There's even a chance they could be used in immunotherapy under a doctor's supervision.