Nutrition: Science news of the year, 2008

Science News writers and editors looked back at the past year's stories and selected a handful as the year's most interesting and important in Nutrition. Follow hotlinks to the full, original stories.

By Science News, 15:19 PM December 19, 2008

Consuming peanut butter in infancy appears to lessen, not increase, a child’s risk of developing a peanut allergy later.

Food advice could be peanuts
Early exposure seems to lessen the risk of nut allergy

Consuming peanut butter in infancy appears to lessen, not increase, a child’s risk of developing a peanut allergy later (SN: 12/6/08, p. 8). The findings clash with some pediatric practices of the past decade and suggest that eating peanuts early might induce tolerance and head off the aberrant immune response that underlies an allergic reaction. “This work is extremely thought-provoking and raises the possib...

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