Boiled peanuts could help overcome child peanut allergy, clinical trial shows


credit: Nick Carnes

Peanuts are one of the world's most common allergies, afflicting some 17 million Europeans under the age of 25, according to data from the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients.

Now researchers in Australia are reporting in the Clinical & Experimental Allergy journal that they've made "promising early signs" that using boiled peanuts to treat children with peanut allergies could be safe and effective.

"Unfortunately, oral immunotherapy doesn't work for everyone and we are in the process of improving our understanding of how these treatments work and what factors can influence how people respond to treatment," Flinders University researcher Tim Chataway says in a press release.

In the clinical trial, 70 peanut-allergic children between the ages of 6 and 18 ate boiled peanuts for 12 hours a day for 12 weeks, two-hour boiled peanuts for 20 weeks, and roasted peanuts for 20 weeks.

The children were given small and increasing doses of boiled peanuts, and when they showed no signs of an allergic reaction, increasing doses of roasted peanuts were then provided to increase their tolerance in the next stage of treatment.

Of the 70 participants, 66% became desensitized to peanuts after eating 12 roasted peanuts without allergic reactions, and only three withdrew from the trial due to adverse events.

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