It's estimated that more than 15 million Americans have food allergies, while approximately one in 13 children under the age of 18 have been diagnosed with at least one food intolerance, Food Allergy Research & Education reports. While these types of allergies can't be fixed by installing a medical-grade air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus, a new study finds that starting kids off on the right foot when it comes to nutrition could reduce the high number of food allergy cases.
Scientists from the University of Southampton in the U.K. reviewed the dietary habits of 1,140 babies during their first year of life. Parents were asked to fill out a diet log for 12 months, detailing everything their infants consumed each day. Food allergy diagnoses were also disclosed to researchers over the course of the trials.
The findings, published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, discovered that babies who ate a diet full of healthy, often homemade, vegetables, fruits and more were less likely to develop food allergies than their peers who consumed more processed, or pre-made baby food.
While more research needs to be conducted to verify these results, new parents might want to try going organic or all-natural with their infants' food to keep allergies at bay.