I don’t know about you, but when my boys were babies and just starting solids, I carried around a bit of anxiety about food allergies. For many years, pediatricians advised parents to delay the introduction of peanut foods as a strategy for reducing the risk of developing a peanut allergy. But in 2015, a landmark clinical trial called the Learning Early About Peanut allergy (LEAP) study showed just the opposite: that introducing peanut-containing foods to infants was safe and actually led to a 81% reduction in the development of allergy. Fast forward to today and depending on a child’s risk of developing a peanut allergy, early introduction of peanut-containing foods to babies between 4 to 6 months of age is recommended.
To walk us through the guidelines from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease and to share tips for introducing peanut foods to babies, Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN from the National Peanut Board joins me on this week’s podcast. She wants feeding your family to be a fun and carefree experience, so you’ll definitely want to hear her science-based advice on peanuts!
Sherry is a registered dietitian nutritionist who loves of all things peanuts. If you follow her on Instagram, you’ll see what I mean. Sherry is known as the @PeanutRD and she’s married to “Mr. Peanut RD.” She’s the mom of a four-year old little “peanut” and they have a “furry beast” at home who loves licking peanut butter from an almost-empty jar.
Tune in to find out the what and how of adding peanut foods to your baby’s diet (and your diet too), why peanuts are so nutritious, and to get my healthy new soft serve “ice cream” recipe made with frozen berries, bananas, and peanut butter.
Head on over to the blog to enter to win this awesome PEANUT LOVERS giveaway. One lucky winner (U.S. only please) will win the following items compliments of the National Peanut Board: Peanut Envy T-shirt, Tru-nut Powdered Peanut Butter, PB Crave Flavored Peanut Butter, Snack Peanuts, The GFB Gluten Free Bar, Short Stacks Peanuts cookbook by Steven Satterfield, National Peanut Board (NPB) Tote Bag, NPB Journal, sticky note pad and Pen, Peanut Stress Reliever, and FAQ brochures about early introduction of peanut foods for infants.
- The truth about peanut allergies and the prevalence here in the U.S.
- Dispelling some of the common myths and uncovering the mysteries of food allergies.
- The curious case of Israeli Bamba peanut puffs.
- How to introduce peanuts to babies based on their allergy risk.
- Sherry’s favorite ways to cook with peanuts including a recipe for peanut sauce.
- Two smoothie bowls made with peanut butter in my Color, Cook, Eat! Smoothie Bowls coloring book.
- Peanut Butter-Sriracha Toast from Bon Appetite magazine.
- Nutritional benefits of peanuts.
- Sherry collects cookbooks, and her favorite cookbook is Good and Cheap by Leanne Brown. And her favorite chef is Hugh Acheson.
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