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Women that ate nuts while they were pregnant did not have a higher rate of nut allergies in their children than women who ate no nuts while pregnant according to new research published by Dr. Michael Young of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Boston Children's Hospital and colleagues in the Dec. 23, 2013, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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The researchers examined the records of 8,205 children involved in the Growing Up Today Study (GUTS) and found that only 140 children developed an allergy to any kind of nut by the age of three.

The study indicates that women who did not have any allergy to nuts and consumed nuts while pregnant were more likely to have children that did not have any form of nut allergy.

Previous medical advice before this study recommended that women who planned to get pregnant or were pregnant should avoid any consumption of any type of nuts. The women were advised to not eat nuts while nursing and to prevent their children from consuming any nuts until the children were three years old.

The problem with the advice was that the rate of nut allergies in children tripled between 1997 and 2007 in women that followed the best medical advice at the time. This diametrical response rate initiated the new research.

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