Carnivorous plant enzymes could help celiacs digest gluten

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  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

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    Calgary scientists have made a breakthrough that could help celiac patients digest gluten with the help of an enzyme from bug-eating pitcher plants.
    Pitcher plants are like "disposable stomachs" that are filled with an enzyme-rich liquid that helps them digest insect prey. Scientists say preliminary research shows the enzymes in these so-called monkey cups are "enormously potent" in breaking down gluten, and could work in a human stomach, adding that in a few years' time, people with celiac disease could take a pill containing these enzymes, which would allow them to fully break down gluten.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/pitcher-plant-celiac-disease-u-of-c-1.3712073
     
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  3. Daecon Kiwi fruit Valued Senior Member

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    How odd, but cool. I wasn't aware that insects contained gluten.

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