What is it about?
We review the history of the two natural chemicals, vicine and convicine, why they are risk factors for 4% of humans and some livestock animals, and what we are doing about reducing their concentrations by using practical plant breeding and genetics.
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Why is it important?
Faba bean (broad bean) is an important protein crop that grows well in cool-temperate climates where soybean is not suitable. It is a good food and feed legume because of its high protein concentration (average 29%). Good sources of plant protein are especially needed now if we are to reduce the global-warming impact of food chains. Eliminating vicine and convicine will make the beans safe for people with a genetic deficiency in the blood enzyme G6PDH, so that protein foods based on faba bean will be suitable for all consumers.
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This page is a summary of: Eliminating vicine and convicine, the main anti-nutritional factors restricting faba bean usage, Trends in Food Science & Technology, September 2019, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.tifs.2019.07.051.
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