Peanut butter: The source of much controversy at elementary schools all across America.
In recent years, amid increased instances of peanut allergies among children, the humble nut has becoming increasingly controversial—so much so that some schools have banned peanuts outright. But a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine adds to mounting evidence suggesting that exposure to peanuts at an early age can actually prevent peanut allergies in high-risk children.
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The new report builds on findings from a previous study, published in NEJM last year, which showed that early introduction of peanuts "significantly decreased the frequency of the development of peanut allergy" among kids who are at high-risk for it. The more recent study is a follow-up, in which participants avoided peanuts for 12 months and then tried them again to see if the reduced allergy levels stayed consistent. For the most part, they did.