Eating more nuts may prevent allergies in kids

2013-12-24 16:53

Expectant mothers who consume more nuts might reduce the allergy risk in children.

Women who eat nuts during pregnancy – and who aren’t allergic themselves – are less likely to have kids with nut allergies, a new study suggests.

Dr Michael Young, an associate clinical professor of paediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and colleagues collected data on more than 8 200 children of mothers who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study II. The women had reported what they ate before, during and after their pregnancies.

About 300 of the children had food allergies. Of those, 140 were allergic to peanuts and tree nuts.

The researchers found that mothers who ate the most peanuts or tree nuts – five times a week or more – had the lowest risk of their child developing an allergy to these nuts.

Children of mothers who were allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, however, did not have a significantly lower risk, the study found.

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