A new product widely used in gluten-free products is causing concern as a possible allergen. Lupin, a type of legume used in gluten free products has the same type of protein found in peanut and soybean allergies.
The Kansas State University Rapid Response Center has issued a warning concerning the possible allergen and type of reactions that may be experienced including hives, swelling of the lips, vomiting, breathing difficulties and anaphylactic shock.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert, urging consumers with peanut and soybean allergies to read labels before buying these products.
The FDA is monitoring complaints of lupin allergies by U.S. consumers and manufacturers are required to list lupin on their food label.
It is expected that lupin will become a popular product in the food industry area as it is low in fat, high in protein an in dietary fiber; thereby lowering cholesterol.
Kansas State University