For many parents, food allergies are a primary concern. But a new study suggests that there could be something you can do to your kids from developing common food intolerances.
In a recent study from McMaster University in Canada, researchers found that babies fed cow's milk, eggs, and peanuts before the age of one were less likely to display sensitivities to those foods as they grew, and could possibly avoid developing allergies to those foods in the future. Eggs in particular were found to be extremely beneficial when introduced to the diet early on, as the study results showed that the intake of eggs reduced the risk of allergies to all three of the food groups.
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As Science Daily reports, the study, directed by Department of Medicine professor Malcom Sears, is believed to be "the first to determine the effects of timing of food introduction on food sensitization," according to lead study investigator, Maxwell Tran. While many previous studies on the formation of allergies in young children have focused on one food type, later childhood, or high-risk groups, McMaster University's study focused on the earliest time of development across multiple commonly allergenic foods.