- Peanuts contain proteins not found in other foods, and they're proteins that trigger very strong reactions from the immune system.
- Roasting nuts changes the protein, intensifying the reaction. (Peanut allergy rates are much lower in China, where they tend to boil nuts rather than roast them.)
- Processed or genetically modified foods are irritating the delicate lining of infants' GI systems, making them more susceptible to allergies.
- We're exposing babies to peanut products hidden in nonfood items such as skin creams and lotions.
- Emulsifiers and other ingredients added to peanuts to make common forms of peanut butter increase the potential for allergic reactions. Kids who grow up in countries where peanuts are boiled and pure peanut butter -- made from just peanuts -- is used, develop much fewer allergies at a much lower rate.
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