Pregnant Moms: You Can Eat Nuts After All
They will protect your child from allergies, research says
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2013 5:02 PM CST
Updated Dec 28, 2013 6:59 AM CST
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(Newser) – Munching on nuts during pregnancy: a benefit or a hazard? Contradicting an earlier study, researchers say that nut-eating while pregnant lowers the chance of the child developing a peanut or tree-nut allergy, Huffington Post reports. Researchers compared data on more than 8,200 children with their mothers' diets, and found that women who consumed nuts at least five times weekly during pregnancy had children with a lower allergy risk. That's only for mothers who don't have nut allergies themselves, of course.

And the connection isn't clear, even if the data is. Maybe the nuts "prime" a baby's body to accept certain foods, or non-allergic mothers just tend to have non-allergic babies, says pregnancy expert Loralei Thornburg. Bottom line: "If you're a nut person, I would not avoid nuts during your pregnancy because of fear that it would induce an allergy in your child," adds Thornburg. The new research, published today in an academic journal, contradicts a British study from the 1990s that came to the exact opposite conclusion.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Dec 26, 2013 6:53 PM CST
Starting to see a semblance of sanity from all this crap that's been force fed by the Mr. Roger's movement. I lived a year in a town that had numerous peanut processing plants, peanuts farms up the wazoo, and peanut dust everywhere. They didn't have stack scrubbers (precipitators) back then for the roasting ovens and it went right out into the air unfiltered. Out of that town of 4000 people we never had someone at school who couldn't eat the free peanut butter served for snacks and lunch. And it served several towns so the school had 400 total students. It wasn't until I moved to the bigger city that I saw kids with peanut allergies. I told them if they had been in my previous town, they would have died with all the dust in the air and all over the ground. Later on in college I had a professor who grew up in one of those towns and he did have a peanut allergy. He basically became the bubble kid like you see in Seinfeld. Now I know how they do it and why I never saw them.
HANKHILL
Dec 24, 2013 6:19 PM CST
eat mine cal free!
NSA-CIApuppet
Dec 24, 2013 11:29 AM CST
My children are permanently immune to everything. I never had any