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Alkaloids in edible lupin seeds

A toxicological review and recommendations

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The report reviews the toxicity data on inherent natural toxicants in lupin seeds, especially quinolizidin alkaloids. Lupin seeds are increasingly used in the Nordic countries, partially substituting wheat flour in certain foods. An estimation of the risk by consuming foods containing lupin seeds in the Nordic countries and recommendations to better ensure the safe use of these seeds in foods are given.

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Recommendations

The scope of this report has been to focus on the toxicity of the alkaloids in white lupin (Lupinus albus) and in the narrow-leaved lupin (Lupinus angustifolius). Therefore, other inherent constituents with putative adverse effects in these lupins, e.g. allergens, isoflavones, erucic acid and high manganese content as well as contaminants, mycotoxins, especially the phomosins are not dealt with in details (see Section 4.3.3).

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