Food allergies can cause severe, even deadly, allergic reactions. Peanut allergies can cause bad rashes, severe difficulty breathing, a dangerous drop in blood pressure and other dangerous results.
But a new study recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests consuming, not avoiding, peanuts may lead to fewer peanut allergies in kids.
The study gave one group peanut protein at a very early age, about 3-4 months. A second group received the more conventional practice of introducing peanuts later, when a child’s about three years old. The results were surprising.
Less than 1% of the peanut-eating group that adhered to the study strictly developed an allergy by the age of five, whereas 17.3% of the peanut-less group did. Findings showed eating peanuts led to an 80% reduction in the prevalence of peanut allergy.
The authors conclude that eating peanuts from an early age is safe and is associated with a significant drop in the development of allergy among high-risk infants.