The Question: Does fish intake as an infant reduce the risk of allergies when older?

The Study: Parents of 3,285 Swedish children completed questionnaires on lifestyle factors, environmental exposures, and allergy symptoms when their children when one, two, four, eight and twelve years old. In addition, information on the children’s fish consumption during the first year of life was recorded.

The Results: By one year old, 80% of the children were eating fish at least two times per month. The more fish the infants consumed, the fewer allergic symptoms the children displayed at every age.

Comment: Previous studies have shown that infant fish consumption lessens allergy symptoms in early childhood. This study shows the preventive effect may last longer.

Read More: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 06/13

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From issue: 29/01-02