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
Health Field: Allergy
Health Field: Allergy
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
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
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
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
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
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  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?
Peanuts and tree nuts can be found in a variety of foods and often in foods we do not suspect, such as cereal or muesli bars, breakfast cereals and bakery items. Therefore, it is essential to check the ingredients every time you make a purchase and to understand food labels to be able to choose … Continue reading What foods commonly contain nuts?
For individuals with a tree nut and/or peanut allergy under the care of an allergy specialist, advice may vary as to whether you need to avoid all nuts or only specific nuts. This decision can be a complex clinical one based on the age of the patient, history of past reactions, co-existing medical conditions and … Continue reading If you’re allergic to one nut, do you need to avoid all nuts?
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