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The Hidden Allergen In Your Gluten-Free Foods
Ever hear of lupin? Me neither. That is, until last week, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a warning about this legume, stating that it can cause allergic reactions ranging from a mild case of hives to full-blown anaphylaxis (yikes). The most susceptible populations: People with existing legume allergies, especially peanut allergies.
The reason this news is troublesome: Lupin is popping up in an increasing amount of foods, thanks to the onslaught of gluten-free products (apparently it makes a great substitute for gluten-containing flours), yet people still have no idea what it is or that it may cause them harm, says Stefano Luccioli, MD, a senior medical advisor at the FDA.
MORE:5 Myths About Going Gluten-Free That Really Need To Go Away
So what’s a consumer to do? If you happen to have a peanut allergy, don’t freak out—lupin isn’t problematic for everyone—just consider yourself warned, and be diligent about reading labels.
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