Myth:  You can reduce the risk of food allergy in children by avoiding allergenic foods in pregnancy. 

Fact:   Studies show that avoiding potentially allergenic foods like nuts, eggs, milk, seafood, soy and wheat doesn’t prevent food allergy in children, according to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology.  ASCIA’s advice: it’s best not to avoid these foods in pregnancy because of the risk of missing out on important nutrients.

Paula Goodyer