Roasted peanuts more likely to cause allergies

Dry roasted peanuts are more likely to cause an allergic reaction than raw nuts, according to a new study by researchers at Oxford University in the U.K. This is one of the first studies to identify a possible trigger for peanut allergies.

In the study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, mice were exposed to the peanut protein either by the skin or by ingestion. Mice that had the dry roasted peanuts exhibited more significant immune responses compared to mice that had the raw peanuts.

What’s so bad about roasted? Scientists think the chemical changes peanuts undergo during the dry roasting preparation from high temperatures may affect the immune system, making it more susceptible to an allergic response.

However, this research is in the early stages and more information is needed before any dietary recommendations are given to the public.

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