Researchers investigating whether children’s food allergies are triggered by their mothers’ diets

The Telethon Kids Institute and University of WA will lead research into whether a mother’s high- fiber diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding could prevent a child from developing food allergies.

The clinical trial of 650 Western Australian mothers over the next five years aims to build on promising results from animal studies, which seem to indicate that a high-fiber diet does reduce food allergy risk.Mothers will randomly receive high or low-fiber supplements from about 18-20 weeks of their pregnancy.

Professor Susan Prescott; “We’ve known for a while that Western diets low in fiber have been linked to a broad range of diseases,” she added. “You are what you eat, but a lot of that is determined not just by the nutrients you are eating, but if it promotes a bacteria profile that has beneficial effects.

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