Pecans Declared ‘Heart Healthy’; Expectant Mothers Should Eat Nuts
One of our daughters is pregnant again; she has an eight-year-old. She’s concerned about diet, fearing an allergic reaction to nuts in general may cause an allergic baby.
Now researchers have published a report online in JAMA Pediatrics which may dispel this notion and gives impetus for non-allergic expectant mothers to increase their nut intake. Researchers studied over 8,000 non-allergic mothers and after the birth of their babies found only 140 cases of peanut or tree nut allergies. (Peanut and treenut allergy rates have tripled among youth between 1997 and 2010. Now about 1.4 percent of children have a peanut allergy.)
There seems to be a huge increase in food allergies lately, with little data on what could be causing the increase.
While I’m certain this is not always the case, I’ve personally become suspicious about the connection between GMO foods (and the high concentration of pesticides used to produce them) and food “allergies”.
For example, I can no longer eat conventional whole wheat products, without triggering allergic skin reactions; but I can eat organic whole wheat without a problem. I know other people who have been diagnosed with allergies to soy, corn, etc and same thing: they can’t eat the conventional version but have no problem with the organic version. I sometimes think it’s not a true good allergy, but the body’s response to toxic levels of pesticides.
Obviously with an allergy like peanuts, that can trigger anaphylactic shock, you don’t want to randomly experiment on yourself, but it may be worth investigating with food allergies that trigger lesser symptoms. Peace!