Nutty diet in pregnancy and asthma risk

by Alenka

assortment of tasty nuts with leaves, isolated on whiteAs a vegetarian, who is madly in love with all kinds of nuts I found this study greatly disturbing. How much more do we have to alter our diets during pregnancy? How did kids in previous centuries even survive – their mothers didn’t know anything about correct nutrition and the right lifestyle? Yet, it’s better to be safe then sorry.

Pregnant women who eat nuts or nut products such as peanut butter every day during pregnancy may increase their offspring’s chances of developing asthma by nearly 50%, compared with women who rarely or never consume nut products during pregnancy.

The increased risk is evident for the child’s first eight years, according to a new study in the July issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Women who consumed nuts and nut products daily during pregnancy were more likely to have children with wheezing, shortness of breath, use steroids for asthma, and have symptoms of asthma, than were children of moms who rarely consumed nuts or nut products while pregnancy. Most study participants reported rare or regular intake (which according to the definition of the study included up to six times per week) of nuts or nut products. There was no increased risk of asthma in the children of moms in that group, the study showed.

Read more details at WebMD: Nutty Diet in Pregnancy: Asthma Risk?
Study Shows Eating Nuts Daily During Pregnancy May Up Kids’ Risk of Asthma