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Introducing Peanuts Early In Life Can Reduce Peanut Allergies Later On

Peanuts | Image by domnitsky/Shutterstock
Peanuts | Image by domnitsky/Shutterstock

Introducing peanuts to children as early as during infancy has been shown to reduce peanut allergies, according to a report on Fox 4 KDFW:

“Feeding peanut butter to babies — starting during infancy and continuing until age 5 — has been shown effective in reducing allergies into adolescence, according to a new study by King’s College London.

“The LEAP-Trio study, published on Tuesday in NEJM Evidence, showed that children who consumed peanuts early in life were 71% less likely to develop peanut allergies all the way up to 13 years of age.

“This was a follow-up to the Learning Early About Peanut Allergy (LEAP) clinical trial. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) sponsored and co-funded both studies.

“In the original trial, half the participants were asked to consume peanuts regularly from infancy until age 5, while the other half were asked to avoid the food during that period.

“Researchers found that early introduction of peanuts reduced the risk of peanut allergy at age 5 by 81%.

“This latest trial included 508 participants from the original study, averaging 13 years of age.”

To read the entire article on Fox 4 KDFW, click HERE.

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