Should pregnant women avoid nuts to ward off allergies in their kids?

A long standing debate on the relationship between an expectant mother’s dietary habits and their child’s allergic disease development has been controversial. The question of whether pregnant women should avoid eating peanuts and other nut-based foods in the hopes of decreasing their child’s chances of acquiring a peanut allergy has been ongoing for some time.

 However, a recent study conducted by the Danish National Birth Cohort suggests the opposite may, in fact, be true. Their results suggest that pregnant women who digest nuts may actually be assisting their child’s immune system in building a tolerance for these foods! The study looked at children between the ages of 18 months and 7 years and based their findings on the dietary habits of their mother’s during pregnancy.

General advice now being given to expectant mother’s is to consume all foods  within  moderation with no need to avoid major allergens unless advised by their doctor.

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