A Dutch study looking at pregnant women who ate nuts on a daily basis found those children were 50% more likely to develop asthma. Researchers are not telling pregnant women to avoid nuts at this point, because moderate amounts of peanut butter didn't seem to effect asthma in kids.
This is from MSNBC:
Scientists do not exactly know why some children develop asthma, although some believe that allergies can trigger the disease that causes a narrowing of the bronchial tubes. Nuts and seafood are known to contain allergens that cause food allergies but the Dutch team only found a link between peanuts and asthma, Willers said.
In their study, more than 4,000 pregnant women completed a dietary questionnaire that asked whether they consumed vegetables, fresh fruit, fish, eggs, milk, milk products, nuts and nut products rarely, regularly or daily.
The researchers, who published their findings in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, then assessed the children's diets and looked to see who had developed asthma over an eight-year period.
I love peanut butter and jelly, but I don't think I ate it daily. Then again, I do eat peanut butter toast a lot for breakfast. Either way, no asthma in our family as far as I know.
What do you think about this study?
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