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There's Finally Good News for People With Nut Allergies

A new study offers hope for people who have been diagnosed with nut allergies. According to MSN.com, researchers now believe that nearly half of people diagnosed with an allergy to one type of nut are not actually allergic to other nuts. While your inclination may be to run right out and try a handful of nuts, don’t do this on your own, the article warns — be sure to work with your physician or allergist while delving into this.

This information follows on news released only a few weeks ago, that exposing children to peanuts early on can help reduce their risk of developing an allergy, perhaps as much as 80 percent, while strict avoidance actually heightens the risk. This research showed that exposing high-risk infants — those with severe eczema and/or other known food allergies — to peanut-containing foods as early as age 4 months may be OK, provided it’s done under careful medical supervision.

This research is exciting because multiple studies confirm that eating nuts is good for you, and can contribute to a healthy diet that helps you live longer. Nuts contain fiber, antioxidants and healthy fats, and can even help improve your weight loss goals. The key is to not overdo it — a handful should give you all the nourishment you need.

On a different note, no discussion about food allergies is complete without addressing general gut health. Without a well-functioning gastrointestinal (GI) tract, you will be more vulnerable to pathogens, allergens and a number of immune-related diseases, so getting your gut up and running efficiently is crucial.
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