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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 7:00 pm 

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In a study based on 62,000 Danish mothers, the children of those who ate peanuts and tree nuts while pregnant were less likely to develop asthma or allergies than the kids whose mothers shunned nuts.

The results support the recent withdrawal of recommendations that pregnant women should avoid nuts because they might raise a child's risk for allergies to the nuts themselves and for other hypersensitivities like asthma, according to the U.S. and Danish researchers.

"There's some mixed data out there and this current study is showing that maybe there might be a benefit to your child in having less asthma later on if you continue to just eat the way you're still eating and not avoid (nuts)," said Dr. Todd Mahr, a pediatric allergist at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin, who was not involved in the study.

SOURCE: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, online June 29, 2012.


PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 7:13 am 

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Some study said avoid, others said not to. Basically, they don't know anything.

PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:25 am 
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They have some info, but not enough - at least not yet. This study, though, is consistent with the new American Acad. of Pediatrics directive to pediatricians that moms-to-be shouldn't adapt diet for allergy prevention. The sense is (and this is being studied in a big, ongoing U.K. study) that introduction in the womb may be a more natural way to intro proteins like peanut or nut and lead to immune system tolerance. But as you say, they still don't know for sure.

What puts me off about this study is that it comes out so long after the births. The researchers went back to moms who gave birth between 1996 and 2002. This report says:

The mothers had provided information about how often they ate peanuts and tree nuts, such as almonds and walnuts, during pregnancy.

By 2012 how clearly are they going to remember what they ate in a 1996 or 2000 pregnancy, unless maybe there was a pb craving? Just saying. :scratchy

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