It seems in the last ten years or so, peanut allergies became a thing. When I was a kid, we got peanut butter sandwiches with lunch, and these days peanuts are banned from schools. I’m still crazy for legumes, and I don’t know how people can raise their kids to be allergic of everything without doing something to combat it. When you get allergy shots, you expose yourself to the things you’re allergic to in small doses until your body develops a tolerance for it. Turns out that works for food allergies, too. Exposing kids to peanuts early drastically reduces peanut allergies.
“We found that feeding young infants with eczema peanut in the first year of life was associated with a striking reduction in the prevalence of peanut allergy, and seemed to prevent more than 80 percent of cases of peanut allergy,” said Dr. Gideon Lack of Kings College London.
No matter how at-risk the child was for peanut allergies, turns out feeding them peanuts was good for their tolerance (and good for their hearts, too). Now maybe we can start giving kids gluten too, so people can stop pretending they have gluten allergies to get attention from the world at large.
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