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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 10:57 am 

Joined: Tue May 17, 2005 9:33 am
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Location: Waterloo, Ontario
From a Food Safety list I monitor (what me paranoid?!?!)

Peanut-allergy-fighter: Apple protein!
February 22, 2006
ARS Food and Nutrition Briefs
Apples may hold the key to reducing the allergenicity of peanuts--great news for the estimated 1.5 million Americans and other folks worldwide who suffer from peanut allergies.

Agricultural Research Service scientists at the Southern Regional Research Center, New Orleans, La., discovered that adding a natural compound from apples--polyphenol oxidase, or PPO--to extracts from chopped-up peanuts alters the allergenic properties of some peanut proteins.

Plans call for lab-animal studies to confirm the apple protein's allergen-fighting actions. Other tests will determine PPO's effects on peanut flavor and shelf life (Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, volume 85, pages 2631 to 2637). The scientists caution that simply eating apples won't control peanut allergens.

For details, contact: Si-Yin Chung, (504) 256-2077; USDA-ARS Southern Regional Research Center, c/o Arkansas Children's Nutrition Research Center, Little Rock, Ark.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 8:27 pm 

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Location: Canada
Interesting...maybe this would lead to fewer children developing peanut allergies? it doesn't sound like this would help people who are already allergic.

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