How to prevent food allergies in kids
We all know that home-cooked food is good for us. It's cleaner, safer and cheaper.
Dr. Kate Grimshaw of the University of Southampton gives us more reason to avoid store-bought food.
In her study, published last July 25 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Dr. Grimshaw reviewed the food diaries for 1,140 babies from birth to their first birthdays.
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Processed foods and instant meals
The data revealed that children with allergies were mostly fed processed foods like instant meals (hmmm, Lucky Me perhaps?), potato chips, pre-made sauces and bacon.
"The analysis showed that the infants who ate more fruits and vegetables and less commercially-produced baby foods and also less adult foods were the ones who did not develop an allergy by the time they were two," Grimshaw said.
There are some nutrients in the diet that strengthen the immune system whereas other components weaken it leading to allergies.
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Avoid allergenic foods
It is best to avoid allergenic foods during the first year of a baby's life.
all kinds of berries: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries
dairy products: milk, ice cream, cheese ( that's why babies should be breastfed purely)
food which contains wheat: wheat bread, wheat cereal
citrus fruits: orange, calamansi, dalandan, ponkan, suha
food prepared with coconut and coconut milk
foods with nuts: cereals, peanut or almond butter, some breads with almonds
foods with tomatoes: ketchup, tomato sauce, pizza sauce
yeast-containing food like bread
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Choose low-allergenic foods
Choose these low-allergenic foods instead:
chicken (yes, it is a low-allergenic food)
sweet potatoes or kamote