Good news for moms who crave nuts during pregnancy: Doctors have rescinded their recommendations to pregnant and nursing women to stay away from peanuts and tree nuts. (In the past, the American Academy of Pediatrics had recommended that women who were pregnant or breastfeeding avoid peanuts.) A new study shows that certain moms, specifically women without nut allergies, can actually benefit from eating nuts during pregnancy.
There's no doubt that nut allergies are on the rise among young kids—from 1997 to 2011, childhood nut allergies jumped from 0.4 percent to 1.4 percent. Researchers from multiple children's hospitals across the country published results from their study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics.
Researchers used data on more than 8,000 children and their mothers (the data was pulled from the Nurses Health Study). "They compared information on the women's diets with subsequent allergy diagnoses among their children," reported Huffington Post. The study essentially proved that women who ate nuts during their pregnancy at least five times each week gave birth to babies with the lowest risk for allergies to nuts later. Of course, the findings only apply to mothers without allergies, themselves. Women with nut allergies should still stay away from nuts.
More research is needed to replicate the findings, but for now, it's good news for moms who crave nuts during their pregnancy, and women who are worried that eating nuts could hurt their children. Now, dig into that peanut brittle before it's all gone!