For too long, our allergic brethren have been suffering in silence as we jam our faces with peanut butter, fighting about whether creamy or crunchy is better the entire time. Well, EpiPen elites, we finally have some good news: a scientist has found that pulses of UV light eliminate 80% of the allergens in peanuts, and could eventually wipe out 99% of the offending stuff.
In a University of Florida study, Dr. Wade Yang discovered that by aiming a pulsating UV light system at peanuts, he could rid the snack of most of its allergens. In more scientific terms, the lights apparently modify the allergenic proteins in peanuts so they no longer register as allergens at all to the human body. That means no histamines (the stuff that makes you itch, sneeze, break out in rashes) get released, and no one dies. Most amazingly, the process didn't affect the peanuts' taste or texture. They were exactly the same, just less prone to induce anaphylactic shock.