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Three Healthy Reasons to Include Peanuts in Your Baby’s Diet

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents introduce complementary foods in their baby’s diet at around 6 months old, which is a great time to incorporate peanuts [1]. According to The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025, early introduction of peanuts as a complementary food can reduce the risk of peanut allergies [2]. In addition, including peanut foods in your child’s diet can promote good nutrition and better health as they continue to grow into adulthood

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Lectins in Peanuts and Other Foods

Lectins are widespread in foods, including peanuts and other legumes. However, they are mostly eliminated in the cooking process, making the foods that contain them safe to consume. Further, many plant foods that contain lectins (including peanuts) are overwhelmingly associated with reduced inflammation and other positive health outcomes.

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