February 24, 2015 | David

I often find myself snacking on nuts, but many people need to avoid them or risk a life-threatening allergic reaction. Could a lack of peanut snacks as a child be the cause of their problems?

A new study found that, for small children, regularly eating peanut snacks cut the risk of developing peanut allergy by 86%. The researchers warn that parents shouldn't try this at home. But if the findings are correct, it could be a big step towards preventing allergies.

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The study is the first indication that allergies can be prevented by consuming, not avoiding, a food.

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