Asthma risk in pregnancy

Results recently published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, published by the American Thoracic Society,  reveal that allergens found in some nuts may increase the chance of the foetus being born allergy prone. Four thousand pregnant women participated in a dietary survey and their children were subsequently monitored for eight years.

Comparing women who ate nuts daily during pregnancy to those who ate them “rarely” consistently displayed results of increased risk, between 40% to 60% rise in the chances of wheezing and other asthma symptoms in general, reports the BBC.

The research also discovered a link between lower asthma rates and increased intake of fruit during pregnancy. This may be possibly due to the increased levels of antioxidants.

Dr. Saskia Willers, from the University of Utrecht, who led the study said:

While it’s too early to make recommendations of avoidance, it is important for pregnant women to eat healthily and what is true for many foods is that too much is never good.

Professor John Heffner, a past president of the American Thoracic Society, said there was not enough evidence that the nut diet had caused the problem and he called for more studies.

For a more health information relating to nuts and the role they play as part of a healthy diet click here.

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