Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Eating Peanuts While Pregnant is OK


A study suggests that pregnant women who eat peanuts will lessen that likelihood to have children with peanut allergies. The study was released in Monday’s JAMA Pediatrics.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics were based on a study of more than 8,200 US children. Among those, researchers found 140 cases of children who were allergic to nuts.

In 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics informed pregnant women to avoid peanuts and tree nuts to avoid exposing infants. They also advised women to keep children away from nuts until the age of 3.

Researchers said that, looking at mother's diet they found that women who ate 5 or more servings per week of peanuts or tree nuts (cashews, almonds and walnuts) were far less likely to have a child with peanut allergy.

Author Michael Young of the Boston Children's Hospital Division of Allergy and Immunology said:

"Our study showed increased peanut consumption by pregnant mothers who weren't nut allergic was associated with lower risk of peanut allergy in their offspring."

"Assuming she isn't allergic to peanuts, there's no reason for a woman to avoid peanuts during pregnancy."

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