Eating nuts during pregnancy may lower kid’s allergy risks

Peanut allergy and pregnancy

Ben and Scotty eat peanuts

My sister and poor nephew found out (the hard way) that he has a nut allergy.  I can’t imagine a life without almonds, pecans, peanuts, etc. and the poor guy can’t have any of them.  Medscape medical news reports on a recent article published online in JAMA Pediatrics that children who are exposed to peanuts or tree nuts in-utero or via nursing, at least 5 times a week, are significantly less likely to develop nut allergies.  A. Lindsey Frazier, MD from Dana-Farber Children’s Cancer Center in Boston concludes, “Our study supports the hypothesis that early allergen exposure increases the likelihood of tolerance and thereby lowers the risk of childhood food allergy.”  The researchers also note that mothers who consumed the largest amount of nuts were more likely to introduce them to their children earlier.  These mothers also reported the highest consumption of fruits and veggies, which “may also lower risks for allergies and asthma”.

Thanks mom for peanut butter/apples, peanut butter sandwiches, peanut butter ice cream, chocolate covered pecan caramels, and pecan pie!

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