Eating Nuts in Pregnancy May Protect Baby
Nuts you eat during pregnancy may help your baby avoid nut allergies, a study found. Nut allergies are on the rise in American children, and scientists still don’t know why. The study included 8,205 children whose mothers reported their personal eating habits shortly before, during, or after pregnancy. Kids whose moms ate nuts five or more times a week had the lowest rate (1.2 percent) of developing nut allergies—about half that of children whose moms ate nuts less than once a month. This suggests, but doesn’t prove, that early exposure to nut components while in the womb or in breast milk may lower the risk of allergies later.
Source: JAMA Pediatrics, published online Dec. 23, 2013