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Here's A New One For The Books -- Lupin Intolerance
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I've been trying out different gluten-free pastas. A few days ago I tried an imported one that among its ingredients has lupin flour & protein. All I knew before that was the flower by that name that was featured in a Monty Python routine ...

Anyway, I start having symptoms just like I do from soy. I finally made the possible connection and researched lupin allergy, thinking I was being some sort of paranoid nut. It turns out that this is a growing concern in Europe and Australia, where lupin is like the new soy, finding its way into all sorts of things. Maybe we don't see the problem here (yet) because we don't have a bunch of lupin farmers.

Lupin is a legume and those who react to other legumes, including soy and especially peanuts, have a greater likelihood of reacting to it.

The European Union has just added lupin to its list of allergens that must be listed, but this isn't in effect yet. http://tinyurl.com/v4zvw

I guess I'm being trendy and continental :lol:

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I wonder how long it will be before it's added to foods over here. <_<

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There's a genetic tendency - especially in those of Greek, Turkish, and southern Italian decent, to be intolerant to fava beans. It's called favism, and causes red blood cells to pretty much explode when both copies of the genes are had. Turns out it's protective against malaria, especially amongst carriers who - drumroll - eat fava beans. The less than perfect state of the blood is better, genetically, than the effects of malaria, so the trait gets passed on. (I've been reading "Survival of the Sickest"... Interesting book.) Anyway, it was a bit related, so I thought I'd pass it on. :)

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There's a genetic tendency - especially in those of Greek, Turkish, and southern Italian decent, to be intolerant to fava beans. It's called favism, and causes red blood cells to pretty much explode when both copies of the genes are had. Turns out it's protective against malaria, especially amongst carriers who - drumroll - eat fava beans. The less than perfect state of the blood is better, genetically, than the effects of malaria, so the trait gets passed on. (I've been reading "Survival of the Sickest"... Interesting book.) Anyway, it was a bit related, so I thought I'd pass it on. :)

That is crazy! I'm intolerant to legumes so I'll have to keep my eye on lupin.

Favism :lol: Sorry but that cracks me up as whenever I hear about Fava beans all I can think about is Anthonthy Hopkins in silence of the lambs when he talks about fav beans and a nice chianti :ph34r:

I MISS chickpeas/hummus and ESPECIALLY falafel so much.

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