Preventing Allergies in Children

QUESTION:

Dear Livitician,
I read in American Baby that eating almonds was a way to prevent allergies in children. Is this true? Do they mean food allergies or any kind of allergy (I'm allergic to cats and dust)?

ANSWER:

Eating almonds is very beneficial during pregnancy to provide your body and baby with calcium, protein (make it a complete protein by adding beans to a salad with the almonds or having low fat dairy), dietary fiber and monounsaturated fat (healthy fat that helps the baby’s brain development).

However, eating almonds to help prevent allergies in your children is not scientifically conclusive. Breastfeeding your child is the best way to help your child develop a strong immune system which helps prevent allergies later on in life. Actually, eating nuts too often is not recommended to help prevent allergies in your child. Another great way to prevent allergies in your child is to eat a variety of foods, when we eat the same foods every day; that is what can increase allergies in your child.

--Deborah A. Klein, MS, RD

Deborah Klein

Deborah Klein , MS, RD, is the world’s first Livitician™ coach, a term she coined beyond Dietician, counseling clients on nutrition and fitness for 17 years. Her mission is to educate others on achieving optimal wellness through balanced eating, intrinsic coaching and exercise.

At University of California, Davis, Deborah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a minor in Exercise Physiology and received her Registered Dietitian license in Georgia. She also completed her Master’s of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition with an emphasis in sports nutrition at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona and is a PhD candidate at Saybrook University Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine. She is also a Certified Intrinsic Coach, which she incorporates into her nutrition counseling to delve into the core of ones’ experiences and thoughts, to identify any barriers to enable long-term health.

Her past career experiences include hosting a TV show in Georgia on Midday News Live, teaching “5 A Day - For Better Health,” working for CNN, Food & Health News and honored as “Registered Dietitian of the Year” by the Spectrum Health Club in Los Angeles. Recently, she was named “Young Dietitian of the Year,” by the American Dietetics Association and served as President of the Los Angeles Dietetics Association.

Currently, Deborah has a private practice where she specializes in weight loss, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, disease prevention, and long-term wellness. She is the author of “200 Superfoods That Will Save Your Life” published by McGraw-Hill, Inc. that details her “Livit” philosophy to achieve one’s wellness goals. Through education and discovering each individual’s full potential, Deborah provides individuals with “A Plan to LIVE for!” She resides in Los Angeles and relishes being a mother of 2 boys, Hayden (8 years) and Eitan (6 years).