Recent insights into preventing peanut allergies

Last year, the Learning Early About Peanut Allergy (LEAP) study found, somewhat counter-intuitively, that introducing peanut products into the diets of children at high-risk for peanut allergy actually helped prevent the onset of peanut allergy.

Based on those results, the National Institutes of Health is currently devising guidelines for pediatricians that recommend babies start eating peanut products when they’re 4 to 6 months old. And now dieticians can feel positive about that recommendation: A new analysis of the LEAP results finds that early introduction of peanut-containing foods does not compromise breast-feeding or children’s nutrition.

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