Peanut allergies may soon be a thing of the past. That's because an innovative scientist named Dr. Mohamed Ahmedna has come up with a process that inactivates the allergens in peanuts.
Peanuts and other tree nuts can set off some of the most severe food allergies in both adults and children. Some people are so allergic to peanuts that even smelling them or eating the tiniest particles can set off life-threatening anaphylactic shock and asthma attacks.
Dr. Ahmeda is an agricultural researcher at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. His process does not affect either the flavor or the quality of the peanuts. Apparently food companies are already showing interest in the process.
That's good news for the more than 3 million people who have peanut allergies. In fact, peanut allergies in children have doubled in recent years. One in 100 children has peanut allergies today. Keeping these children safe from exposure to peanuts can be extremely challenging for their parents and other caregivers.
Peanuts have long been a staple of the American diet and do in fact have significant nutritional value. So isn't it nice to think that in the future all of us may be able to enjoy them without worrying about triggering allergy symptoms?