Peanuts for children

Peanut allergy – potentially life threatening – is on the rise. More people are allergic to peanuts than ever before, and yet this is despite them being a banned substance in many places. Schools, airlines, even cafes and food labels are all hot on avoiding peanuts. Fresh results of the LEAP study might explain why we are more allergic to peanuts, despite being so careful to avoid them.

The Learning Early About Peanut allergy (LEAP) results show some interesting results: children who avoided peanuts had a 17.2% incidence of allergy at 5 years of age, and yet children who were given peanuts in their weaning diet had an allergy incidence of only 3.2%.

Of course, more studies are needed to confirm the results of the LEAP study, but these results may hold the clue as to why peanut allergy is so common right now.

Hayley Kuter
Paediatric Dietitian

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