You're pregnant? Eat nuts!

Only a few years ago pregnant women exposed to allergies were not recommended to eat nuts. Experts suggested that in this way they could significantly increase the risk of allergies in their children. Today the view on this subject has changed. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology published research results that suggest that eating nuts during pregnancy is not only advisable because of their composition, but also because of protecting children from allergies.

Today, it is recommended to eat nuts in various forms: as walnuts, peanuts or almonds. Avoiding these delicacies can increase the risk of allergies and asthma in children. These conclusions were reached after examining nearly 62,000 Danish mothers giving birth in 1996-2002. Women answered questions about their diet during pregnancy. They then compared their responses with what they found in the study of the children: 18 months and 7 years old. It turned out that children of mothers eating nuts 21% less often had asthma at the age of 18 months. Interestingly, however, these differences blurred in the case of older children (during the study, when they were 7 years old).

Allergists explain that so far the results of the research have not been conclusive. Today we know that nuts should not be avoided in pregnancy. It is recommended to eat them as in any other period of life. Expecting a child, a woman can thus further reduce the risk of allergies in her offspring.