Get Ready for Allergy-Free Peanuts

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Good news for the 2.8 million people in the United States who suffer from peanut allergies: A new process has been developed that can make the once-forbidden nut allergen-free.

The even better news is that it doesn’t require the peanuts to be genetically modified.

Instead, the nuts are roasted, shelled, and peeled, then they are treated with a soak in an enzymatic solution. The process removes about 98 percent of the allergens.

So far skin prick tests have been promising. The treatment was developed by a joint team from North Carolina A&T University and Toronto-based Xemerge.

There’s no word on when these hypoallergenic nuts will hit store shelves, but we’ll be excited when they do.