There are few joys in life as great as carbohydrates. Simple, delicious, comforting… Carbs are everything.
Sadly, some people — namely, those who suffer from celiac disease — are deprived the joy of some carbohydrates because of the inability to properly digest gluten, a protein found in foods such as bread and pizza.
That is, they were deprived of that joy — until now.
Hoon Sunwoo, an associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Alberta, spent the past decade working on perfecting a pill that would allow gluten-intolerant folks to eat gluten without consequence.
And judging by the successfully completed clinical trials, he may have accomplished his goal.
According to Thrillist, the pill is made with egg yolk antibodies that work to coat the gluten molecules, preventing them from causing the intestinal damage and discomfort that is a hallmark of celiac disease.
Though Sunwoo maintains those who suffer from the illness should still keep a heavily gluten-free diet, the pill would allow for the occasional splurge on gluten-heavy foods.
It needs to be taken just five minutes before eating and lasts between one and two hours.
Unfortunately, it won't be commercially available for a while. Another round of clinical trials is slated to begin next year, but pending approval, blissful pizza or beer binges will be an equal-opportunity luxury.
Science is a wonderful thing.