Should Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women Avoid Eating Nuts?

For years doctors have debated over the peanut issue: should pregnant and breastfeeding women avoid them or not?  This July, a new study has determined  that nut consumption during pregnancy increases children’s risk of developing asthma by 50%.  (Read more about it here.)   While many doctors are saying there’s not enough evidence in favor of eliminating nuts from your diet, others are taking a more conservative approach–the British government has advised pregnant and breastfeeding women to avoid nuts since 1998.

When I was pregnant three years ago, I ate peanut butter every day.  Honestly, as a vegetarian, I am not sure I could have survived without it!  With so much fat, vitamins, and calories packed into a spoonful, there was no more efficient way to stave off the hunger pains than to treat myself to a delicious helping of peanut butter straight from the jar.  If I wasn’t eating peanut butter, I was snacking on spicy cashews or sprinkling walnuts on my salads.  At the time I thought I was doing the best for myself and my unborn child.
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