Contrary to popular belief, peanut butter isn’t as much of a health scare for small children as was previously thought. In fact, doctors are even recommending kids as young as four-months-old be fed spoonfuls of it to lower the population’s increasingly high rate of peanut allergies. So far, it seems to be working.
Parents are given lots of advice on how to properly raise their children. The best methods to encourage infants to sleep through the night, when to introduce solid foods into their diet, or how to potty-train kids are only a few examples.
Adults who were made parents within the last decade or so were probably told about the ‘no peanut butter until kids are three-years-old’ rule more than once.
As one of the most popular food allergens (around 1-2% of American claim to be intolerant to peanuts), it would seem to make sense to wait until a child was older to introduce the popular food item. After all, you wouldn’t want to hand out a potentially dangerous snack to an infant, right? Wrong.
Over the years, doctors have recorded an increasingly higher rate of peanut allergies than ever before. Their suspicions as to why? Intentionally eliminating peanuts or peanut butter from a child’s diet until the ages of 3-10 may heighten their risk for developing or even cause the allergy itself.
Giving young kids small amounts of peanut butter early on is said to almost acts as an ‘immunization’ against the peanut allergen. Doing so will decrease the chances of a child going into anaphylactic shock, giving the body a chance to process and manage the ‘new’ food.
Experts at the National Institutes of Health have determined the digestive system of a 4-month-old can regulate the specific ingredients in peanut butter, so should be given some spoonfuls of it on a regular basis.
Sharing this shocking news with the public, doctors and analysts are hoping to lower the 50% increase in food allergies that’s occurred over the past decade. Guaranteeing the human body doesn’t see a certain food substance as a ‘poison’ is a key step to this process.
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via Fox News