Episode 11 – Food allergy

September 2021. About this episode: The prevalence of food allergy is on the rise. In Australia, 10% of infants have an allergy – a rate which is alarmingly high. Approximately 3% of the population have peanut allergy and 1.6% have an allergy to tree nuts. The good news is we now understand a lot more … Continue reading Episode 11 – Food allergy

Top 10 Nut FAQs

We answer your top 10 most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about nuts, and bust some nut myths along the way!  Should you avoid nuts if you’re trying to lose weight? No. Decades of research shows that regularly eating nuts is not linked with weight gain. Eating a handful of nuts (30g) each day can actually … Continue reading Top 10 Nut FAQs

Nuts and allergy

Tree nut and peanut allergies are relatively common and some evidence suggests that they are increasing. Although botanically unrelated, tree nut and peanut allergies commonly co-exist. Reactions to tree nuts, similar to peanuts, can be life-threatening and may occur with very small doses. For this reason, people with a nut allergy (or any other food … Continue reading Nuts and allergy

Allergy in Australia

Guest blog by Maria Said, CEO Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia. How common is food allergy in Australia? Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergy in the world. Research indicates that in Australia, one in 10 infants (1), one in 20 children (aged 10-14 years) (2) and one in 50 adults have a … Continue reading Allergy in Australia

Managing your allergy fact sheets

Tree nuts are a delicious, nutrient-dense whole food, which can be an important part of a healthy diet. However, for people allergic to tree nuts, completely avoiding tree nuts is the only way to manage your allergy as, currently, there is no cure. To safely manage your allergy, it’s important to recognise tree nuts in … Continue reading Managing your allergy fact sheets

Allergy research

The body of evidence about nuts and allergies continues to grow, with new local and international research papers regularly published. Key studies: systematic literature reviews and meta-analyses Oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy (PACE): a systematic review and meta-analysis of efficacy and safety. (2019). A recent systematic review and meta-analysis shows that it may increase allergic … Continue reading Allergy research

When should nuts be introduced into an infant’s diet?

The Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy Limited (ASCIA) was established in 1990 as the peak professional body of clinical immunology and allergy in Australia and New Zealand. The ASCIA infant feeding guidelines [1] recommend introducing foods according to what the family usually eats, regardless of whether the food is considered to be a … Continue reading When should nuts be introduced into an infant’s diet?

Nuts and health – what are their benefits and what makes them so healthy

Health authorities around the world recommend eating more plant foods for good health: good for the body and for the environment. Nuts are like nature’s own vitamin supplement – a small package containing a combination of at least 28 different essential nutrients. Regularly eating nuts has been shown to contribute to heart health, reduce overall … Continue reading Nuts and health – what are their benefits and what makes them so healthy

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