A cure for the peanut butter allergy may be just around the corner, it could be available within the next few years.
The National Academy of Sciences recently published a study on the peanut butter allergy and has found a bacteria in the stomach that causes the allergy, which if treated, could eradicate peanut butter allergies.
Scientists have actually discovered that clostridia, a type of bacteria, leaves some intestinal cells susceptible to adverse affects caused by food allergens. During a press release by the University of Chicago — where senior study author Cathryn Nagler, Bunning Food Allergy Professor, teaches — Discussed how probiotic therapies could be the remedy. A patent application was submitted by the researchers in February 2014.
Food allergy levels in children increased by roughly 50 percent, between 1997 and 2011, and there was found to be a correlation between its rise and the use of antibiotics and antimicrobals.
"Environmental stimuli such as antibiotic overuse, high fat diets, caesarean birth, removal of common pathogens and even formula feeding have affected the microbiota with which we've co-evolved," Nagler said.
The study was conducted on mice, Nagler and the team are very optimistic the results of these remedies will be similar in the human intestinal tract. Great news for peanut butter lovers every where!