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Nut consumption during pregnancy could reduce risk of allergies

Posted: December 26, 2013 |   Comments

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A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that women who consume nuts during pregnancy lower their offspring's risk of developing nut allergies.

The study controlled for compounding factors such as family allergy history and dietary practices. The strongest correlation was seen with pregnant women who ate five or more servings of peanuts or other tree nuts per week.

"We're not providing cause and effect, so we have no basis for recommending diets," lead author Dr. Michael Young said. This study is not yet conclusive, and further research is necessary, but Young says that his team sees no reason for women to limit their diets to prevent allergies in children.

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