A study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology recommends that toddlers and children eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.
It recommends this not because doing so is tied to better health, which it is, but because it's tied to lower food allergy rates.
Study looks at overall diet patterns
The study looked at children who were and were not diagnosed with food allergies, as well as previous studies done as part of a larger cross-sectional data of a Swedish birth cohort study. Those who ate more fresh foods and fewer processed foods were significantly less likely to develop a food allergy than were those who did not.
The study is one of the first to look at overall diet patterns rather than specific foods or meal types. It re-affirmed earlier studies showing that higher fresh fruit consumption was generally linked to lower allergy rates but adds to the mix of contradictory studies showing the amount of fresh vegetable consumption as an inverse to allergy rates.