Introducing Foods Early May Help Prevent Allergies

According to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), introducing allergenic foods like peanut products, fish or eggs may help prevent food allergies in infants at high risk of developing one. The report explains that when allergenic foods are given to infants as early as the age of 4 months, the immune system’s cells can take up the allergenic proteins and develop a tolerance to them.

While most infants aren’t considered to be at a high risk for developing food allergies, the report states that infants with a low or standard risk of food allergies can benefit from early introduction, too.

It’s important to remember, though, that every infant is different. For more information, consult your pediatrician.

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Endurance Zone – 60%- 70%

Recovery Zone – 50%- 60%

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Total Calories 62
Total Fat 0 g
Protein 1 g
Carbohydrates 15 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Sodium 22 mg
Total Sugars 15 g

Source: USDA

Fruit Slush


  • 2 ⅔ cups cantaloupe or watermelon (coarsely chopped, peeled, seeded)
  • 1 ⅔ cups kiwi (peeled, chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 cups water
  • Ice


  1. In a blender, puree fruit with sugar and lime juice until smooth.
  2. Combine fruit mixture and water in a large pitcher.
  3. If desired, pour through a strainer to eliminate pulp.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for up to a week.
  5. To serve, stir well and pour into tall glasses over ice.

Makes: 4 servings

This article is intended for informational purposes only and is not intended to be exhaustive, nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Readers should contact a health professional for appropriate advice.