Peanuts have a bad reputation because some people are very allergic. Makes sense. Some of those allergic reactions are very serious. But what ended up happening is people began to believe that eating nuts during pregnancy or even when breastfeeding could also be harmful. As it turns out, in many cases, the opposite is true.
Danish researchers from the Statens Serum Institute reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology that eating nuts while pregnant could have a protective effect on babies.
The study has shown:
1. When a woman eats nuts, including peanuts, during pregnancy, the child is a third less likely to suffer from asthma by the time the child is 7 years old. This compared to mothers who avoided nuts. It seems if the mother can tolerate nuts, the child could be able to as well.
2. Allergies were less likely to be found in kids whose mothers ate peanuts and other tree nuts one or more times a week during pregnancy. Nuts can actually decrease the chance of allergy in the child when the mother eats them? What fantastic news.
3. Nuts aren't dangerous! Of course, this is generally speaking. If you have a long, frightening family history of bad nut allergies you should probably avoid and/or speak with your doctor first.
It's sort of like when new moms "allow" their babies to get a little dirty, maybe even eat that carrot that fell on the floor. Builds the immune system. It's "good" for them. The researchers said, "If your body has experienced something before, it’s not going to think that it’s an enemy and come out fighting against it, which is what happens with an allergic response." Baby is experiencing what you eat when in the womb.
What do you think of this study?
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