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Food allergy new research roundup

Food allergies may be linked to childhood obesity
Research published in the May 2009 issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that “obesity might be a contributor to the increased prevalence of allergic disease in children, particularly food allergy.” For example, researchers reported that milk allergies are 50 percent more likely in obese and overweight kids.
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Eating peanuts while pregnant may prevent future allergies for the baby
A study published in the November 2009 issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology showed that peanut consumption during pregnancy may prevent the baby from developing a peanut allergy. According to the study, “Strict avoidance of peanut and other food allergens during pregnancy and lactation might be counterproductive.”
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Cooking with vinegar may decrease allergies to lentils and chicken
In a study conducted in October of 2009 by researchers at the Rio Hortega University Hospital in Valladolid, Spain, seven patients who suffered from egg, chicken and lentil allergies were tested to see if reactions decreased when the foods were cooked with vinegar. The idea was that a “decrease of the gastric pH might enhance the function of digestion and reduce the risk of food allergy.” It worked when vinegar was added to lentils and chicken during the cooking process.
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Giving babies and toddlers multivitamins may reduce risk of allergies at school age
Swedish researchers studied 2,423 children in October 2009 to find a link between multivitamin supplements and allergies in 8-year-olds. While no connection was found at that age, the researchers did suggest that giving kids multivitamins during the first four years of life may reduce allergic disease at school age.
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Nearly 4 percent of U.S. children have food allergies
According to a cross-sectional survey of data done by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2009, the prevalence of food allergies in children increased 18 percent from 1997 to 2007, affecting 3.9 percent of all U.S. kids. Allergy-induced ambulance trips and hospital stays tripled between 1993 and 2006. The study also found that an estimated 9 percent of children had detectable peanut intolerances.
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