This is Part One of a weekly, 3-Part Series on Modified Foods For Food Allergies.
Part Two is about fermenting soy to reduce allergens.
Part Three is about modifying eggs to reduce allergic reactions.
Would you eat a peanut stripped of all that makes it a peanut - including the proteins that could cause a deadly allergic reaction?
When a food allergic person reacts adversely to a particular food they are, in fact, reacting to the protein in the food. So, some people (geneticists, mostly) thought the way to reduce the chances of a highly allergic reaction is to get rid of the offending protein.
However, if you remember from your grammar school science class, pulling at one strand of a genetic code could mean something else falls away, something else you might need or want.
In general, the idea to genetically delete the proteins in food that make some people very, very ill has been around for a while. In 2001, a research team was actually looking for t...
Peanuts have always been a favorite food of Americans and can be consumed in a variety of ways, including the stand-alone peanut to cooking with peanut oil. In fact, we consume ~2.5 billion pounds of peanuts per year, about half of which is in the form of peanut butter. At one time, the health benefits of peanuts were called into question since they're high in fat and calories. However, over the past few years, more scientific research has shown that peanuts can be quite good for our health, specifically cholesterol, when consumed in moderation. Contrary to its name and popular belief, the peanut is not a nut at all. In fact, it is more closely related to beans and peas than to a walnut or pecan. Peanuts belong to the legume family which are edible seeds covered in pods. There are three main types of peanuts consumed in this country: Virginias (commonly known as the cocktail peanut), Runners, and Spanish. Most American peanuts are grown in the southeastern states such as Ge...
Hey Ginger, I know “diabulimia” [skipping insulin and running really high blood sugars to lose weight] is bad for you, but is it really that bad if I just do it for a little while to lose weight quickly? -Anonymous To make a long story short: YES. It isn’t worth it. You can and will damage your body in permanent ways by skipping your insulin for the sake of losing weight—even if you only do this for a few weeks or months. Not only will you not maintain the weight you lost so quickly and drastically, but you’ll also seriously hurt your eyes, your fingers, kidneys, etc. You name it! Many people have reported the damage they’ve experienced from practicing diabulimic habits. I read one article from a woman who had caused all the damage poorly managed diabetes can cause over the course of twenty or thirty years by the time she was only 28 years old. Your body needs insulin. When you skip your insulin and your blood sugars are running so dangerou...
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