Sathe, S.K., H.H. Kshirsagar, K.H. Roux, 2005. Advances in seed protein research: A perspective on seed allergens. J Food Sci. 70(6):r93–r120.
For various reasons, a considerable majority of the global population must rely on plant proteins obtained from cereals, legumes (including oilseeds), fruits, vegetables, and nuts to satisfy dietary protein needs and requirements. Edible seeds are a significant source of proteins in livestock production and in the manufacture of pet foods. In addition, edible seeds are important sources of carbohydrates (including dietary fiber), minerals, and certain vitamins in human and animal food supply. For various reasons, edible seeds are underutilized as human food. To fully exploit this renewable natural resource to its full potential, focused research efforts are warranted. With increased number of seed proteins being identified as food allergens, renewed interest in seed proteins is evident. In this article, a brief overview of seed proteins with special reference to their allergenicity is provided. An attempt is made to identify areas needing further research.
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