Approach Allergenics with Austrade’s Nut Proteins & Flours
Approach Allergenics with Austrade’s Nut Proteins & Flours: Early Introduction
Food allergy is a dangerous, chronic, and sometimes life-long condition that imposes heavy burdens on individuals and their families. In recent decades, there has been a significant rise with 1 in 13 children suffering from a reaction to at least one allergenic food.
According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), more than 170 foods have been reported to cause allergic reactions but the vast majority are caused by the “Big Nine” which are milk, eggs, nuts, fish, crustaceans, shellfish, wheat, soy & sesame.
Up until 2008, the recommended age for early introduction of allergenic foods was three years old. This recommendation was largely based on the theory that lack of exposure to allergenic foods during early infancy—traditionally thought to be a window of high susceptibility—would further prevent later development of the allergy.
New research shows quite the opposite, and that feeding allergenic foods early (and often!) can help to significantly reduce the risk of developing food allergies in infants by up to 80%. The USDA and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now recommend introducing food allergens as early as 4-6 months old in order to align with this critical immune window.
Giving small, increasing amounts of a specific food allergen allows for close monitoring with the goal of providing the best opportunity to develop a positive response (desensitization).
Consider Approaching Allergenics with Austrade’s Nut Proteins & Flours when preparing your next Snack, Meal, or Beverage formulation.
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