Monday, November 10, 2008

The Peanut Gallery

Continuing on the food theme today, I found this fascinating article during my morning perusal of news websites.

In way of confession, I tend to be a laid-back sort of mother and I didn't obsess about the food I was eating while I was pregnant or nursing. I certainly enjoyed my Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and my trips to Five Guys (yum!). And I gave Michael peanut butter at 8 months or something like that (verdict: delicious!).

I used to nod my head and smile when my pediatrician would say, "no peanuts until he's two" (pretty much like I handle most trendy advice from my pediatrician) and then I would go home and have no guilty feelings whatsoever about feeding Michael a peanut butter sandwich for lunch.

So I'm happy to see some science backing me up. Of course I'm sure there will be some opposite study in the news next week, but for now I will revel in my scientific correctness. And while I'm at it, I think I'll have some peanut butter.


Amy said...

I never knew such "nutty" advice existed! ;) You can pass the peanut butter jar this way, please.

Evil HR Lady said...

I subscribe to the same peanut philosophy. I would worry more i food allergies ran in our families,but they don't.

We had 5 guys on Saturday.

Sara said...

Interesting. Peanut butter was one of the only things I could keep down while pregnant - fortunately my OB said, "Eh. The likelihood of the baby getting an allergy from what you eat now is slim."

(I did, however, obsess about every single thing I put into my mouth while pg/nursing).

Woodstock can't have peanuts though until our trip to the allergist in a few weeks ... she has food allergies (as do both Himself and I), so it's a "no no" until then.

I'm glad to see more new studies about food allergies! And I second Amy - pass the peanut butter!

fiona said...

Yeah, we started PB "early" too. It's pretty essential around our house. Mmmm...all-natural, extra-crunchy...I don't know if it's organic, though ;)

The avoiding-during-pregnancy thing totally didn't make sense to me, either, you're obviously more likely to be allergic to something if you haven't had a chance to get used to it/build up resistance! if we had a history of food allergies I'd be more careful...