One of the most dangerous food allergies in children is peanut allergy. For highly allergic individuals even a tiny amount of peanut, or contamination with peanut protein, can lead to a life-threatening reaction, known medically as anaphylaxis.
The mysterious world of allergies got a little stranger yesterday as a new study concluded that nut allergies in children can be greatly reduced if their mothers (if they are themselves not allergic to nuts) eat tree nuts and peanuts while they are pregnant.
Jane Brody, the widely-read New York Times health writer, has pronounced nuts a valuable addition to Americans diets suggesting that they can improve health and perhaps extend life.
Readers of various health news articles could be forgiven if they rush out to buy their young daughters peanuts and peanut butter.