Peanut allergies are the worst. If you or your child has one, you know the terror that comes with venturing out in public for any type of food situation, since those little suckers happen to be in almost everything. If you don’t have one, chances are you’ve had to put a little extra thought into packing those school lunches or
making picking up your latest contribution to the bake sale.
So naturally, if scientists are saying there could be a way to avoid your children developing these peanut allergies, we’re all ears.
While the research is ongoing, a new study from King’s College London reveals that giving infants peanuts from an early age could in fact cut the risk of them developing an allergy later on in life by a whopping 80 per cent. Yep, you read that right.
Apparently scientists began digging into the research after they found that Jewish children in Israel who ate peanuts from a young age had 10 times fewer peanut allergies than Jewish children living in the U.K.
For the purposes of the study, babies with eczema (an early indicator of the allergy) who were four months and older were either given peanut-based snacks (whole peanuts are dangerous for children under five years old), or were kept away from the nut all together. In the nut-free group, 14 out of 100 children developed an allergy by the time they were five years old. In the other group, however, only two out of every 100 children developed the allergy.
Before you go mashing in some peanut butter with that banana tomorrow morning though, it’s always a safe bet to run these things by your child’s doctor. Every case is different, after all, and this is just one study. More are coming though, including a Canadian one from Ontario’s McMaster University.