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Study shows peanuts don't contribute to allergies during pregnancy

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Women who eat tree nuts or peanuts during pregnancy are more likely to have children who are at a lower risk for allergies than other kids, according to a new study published Monday as reported by CNN.

The journal of the American Medical Association published the first study demonstrating that a mother might be able to build up her baby’s tolerance for nuts after birth. The study shows that women who had five servings or more of tree nuts or peanuts showed the best results.

The significance here is that earlier studies showed that nut consumption during pregnancy had no effect on the children or actually raised the risk of allergies. The authors of this study have confidence in their findings and say that earlier studies were based on less reliable data and don’t match more current research.

Currently there’s no formal medical guidance on how to handle nuts for children or during pregnancy. The lead author of this study says that more research will come along in 2014 aimed at the issues. The research will assess infant diets and look at the effect of nuts. After medical policymakers have that information, they should be able to offer better guidelines on how to handle nuts for children.

The author, Dr. Michael Young, says that it’s up to individuals and their doctors, but his study shows no reason to limit peanuts or tree nuts when thinking of preventing an allergy.

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