Scientists say a molecule called interleukin-12 can protect against food allergies. A team at the Institute of Food Allergy Research in Norwich noted that interleukin-12 is absent during the body’s allergic response.
"He took a bite of the cookie and he said to his friend, ‘I shouldn’t have eaten that,’" said his mother. Severely allergic to peanuts, the 16-year-old from western Massachusetts made the dire mistake of not asking about the ingredients. Within minutes he developed a severe allergic reaction to the cookie, which contained peanuts.