Could mealworm protein consumption trigger allergic reactions?
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Protein derived from mealworms – larvae of the mealworm beetle – are becoming a genuine source to fulfilling the basic daily protein requirements of those in developing countries.
This has prompted researchers from the University Medical Center (UMC) in co-operation with the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research – better known as TNO – to undertake studies towards the relationship between the consumption of alternative protein derivatives and their effect on the development of existing and new allergies. The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority are also believed to be taking part in the study.
It’s no coincidence that the decision to go ahead with the research is taking place now. Results from previous similar studies have shown that those with dust mite and shellfish allergies are at risk of developing allergic symptoms after the consumption of foods containing mealworm proteins.
The United Nations are enthusiastic about the possibility of being able to fulfill the malnutrition gap in numerous third world nations but the mealworm protein alternative, if anything, should be effective enough to promote quality of life and not depreciate it.
The study will involve a number of candidates where allergic reactions will be cross-examined with the amount of mealworm protein consumed with the results of the study to surface midway 2014.
Source: Agri Holland