Peanut or Groundnut, a legume more than a nut, packed with lots of health benefits is a much loved snack all over the world. Crunchy and delicious this popular oilseed has been consumed by humankind since centuries. There are several uses of this nut such as Peanut oil, widely used in cooking for its high smoke point. Peanut butter widely used as a spread, Peanut flour, Boiled peanuts as well as dry roasted ones.
Peanuts are a good source of energy. It has good fiber and protein content. It is enriched with Vitamin E, Vitamin B6 and riboflavin, minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Sadly there is a big percentage of population particularly kids who are allergic to peanuts. People who are allergic can break into hives, itchy skin, runny nose, and in severe cases it causes swelling of the throat or even lead to anaphylaxis.
However, California based Aimmune Therapeutics said the first treatment to prevent severe allergic reactions may be on its way. They conducted a study on nearly 500 kids from the age of 4 to 17 with severe allergy to peanuts. These kids were given daily dose of peanut powder concealed in a capsule or sprinkled over food which was a way of gradually getting them accustomed to very small amounts. As a result of this study as per Aimmune Therapy report, 67 percent of the kids were able to tolerate the equivalent of two peanuts.
The reviews are yet to be studied by independent experts. However, these should not be tried at home.
By: Madhuchanda Saxena