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Improved, Non-Poisonous Cottonseed To Be Staple Diet for Millions Soon

by Tanya Thomas on  December 3, 2009 at 9:01 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
 Improved, Non-Poisonous Cottonseed To Be Staple Diet for Millions Soon
Scientists have found a way to reduce the poison present in cottonseed.

The discovery may help millions who cannot afford diets with a reasonable amount of protein, reports The Daily Express.
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Protein-rich cottonseed is inedible because it contains a poisonous substance called gossypol. But now, thanks to the development, researchers from Texas A and M University in the US said the leftover kernel - which has a nutty flavour - can be ground into meal and combined with wheat or corn flours.

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In tests, the meal has been used to make pancakes and cereals and could be available in 10 years.

The amount of cotton grown worldwide is enough to feed 500 million people a year.

Keerti S Rathore, from A and M, said: "There are a lot of poor people that cannot afford diets with a reasonable amount of protein."

Source: ANI
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