A new study suggests that pregnant women who eat peanuts or tree nuts are less likely than others to have a child with a nut allergy.
The more nuts women ate during their pregnancies, the less likely their child was to be allergic, according to the study, in today’s JAMA Pediatrics.
Parents and doctors have been increasingly concerned over nut allergies in recent years, as the number of allergic kids has grown. The prevalence of a peanut or tree nut allergy more than tripled from 1997 to 2010, when it reached 1.4% of kids. Tree nuts include walnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts, macadamias and Brazil nuts.
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