If children are at high risk for a peanut allergy, having them eat peanut butter frequently from an early age may help protect them from developing the allergy, a new study suggests.
The study involved more than 600 infants in the United Kingdom ages 4 to 11 months who were at high risk for a peanut allergy. That risk was revealed because the children were already diagnosed with egg allergies, or severe eczema (both are known to be linked to peanut allergies). The children were randomly assigned to either consume 6 grams (0.2 ounces) of a snack made from peanut butter per week or to avoid peanuts altogether, until they were 5 years old. Read more