A cheese-rich childhood diet can protect against allergies

A cheese-rich childhood diet can protect against allergies

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Cheese-rich nutrition for children could reduce allergy risk

According to a new study, a cheese-rich diet in childhood may protect against allergies and certain diseases. According to the French researchers, further studies are now necessary to find out to what extent the health effects are related to the frequency of consumption and the different varieties.

More and more people suffer from food allergies

Food allergies have been increasing for many years. According to estimates by the German Allergy and Asthma Association (DAAB), around six million people are affected in Germany alone. Patients may experience symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain and itchy rash after eating the "wrong" foods. As the DAAB writes on its website, cow's milk is one of the main triggers of food allergy in infants and children. Still, a childhood cheese-rich diet could potentially prevent allergies, according to French researchers.

Cheese consumption at a young age could reduce risk

According to a study by the Besançon University Hospital and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Dijon, the consumption of cheese at an early age could limit the risk of certain allergies and diseases such as asthma.

As reported by the "Doctissimo" portal, the study observed 931 children from birth to the age of six using questionnaires on their lifestyle (environmental factors, eating habits) and on the development of allergies.

According to the scientists, it was shown that any cheese consumption between the ages of 12 and 18 months was associated with a significant reduction in the risk of atopic dermatitis (eczema) and food allergy.

In addition, the risk of allergic rhinitis (runny nose) and asthma was reduced.

"The lower incidence of inflammatory skin diseases and food allergies is found indiscriminately in children who have benefited from a greater variety and frequency of cheese consumption," the researchers report.

Further investigation required

Now further studies are needed to determine to what extent the health effects are related to the frequency of consumption and the different types of cheese.

The intestinal flora is also to be analyzed in order to better understand the mechanisms.

"The goal is to develop long-term prevention strategies for asthma and allergic diseases."

According to the information, 34 percent of the French population are allergic and four million people have asthma.

According to Doctissimo, the incidence of allergic diseases and asthma has been increasing in industrialized countries since the 1980s, mainly due to the decline in microbial contacts from early childhood. (ad)

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