Perplexing Peanut Allergies, Breakthrough Study
No study is perfect but continuing research on peanut allergies sheds light on a perplexing issue that affects countries and cultures differently. For example, the U.S. and Britain have higher rates than most Asian countries but Australia has a nearly 2x the rate than the U.S. And Israel has the lowest rate in the world.
As a baby, I was allergic to hundreds of foods including eggs, milk and peanuts (oh no!). In Chinese culture, food allergies seemed non existent and strange, based on the reactions of relatives. My grandmother said it was a curse from the Kitchen God or something.
My parents tried a similar “gradual, early exposure” approach, more out of desperation than science! Chinese people LOVE peanuts–Kung Pao Peanut :), peanut flour, even peanut soup! Mom’s favorite snack was boiled peanuts, especially on fishing trips. There was no way our house would become a peanut-free zone. We were at a critical juncture: beat the allergy out of Natalie or…
Luckily, I did grow out of my allergies including peanuts, and can now eat everything–and do! Thank you, Kitchen Goddess!
(I’m the short one in the middle!)