Isn’t It Time For Pediatricians To Stop Pitting Food Allergies Against Healthy Eating Habits?

Food allergies get a lot of media attention because they’re very scary. But a new study published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy shows that the incidence of children dying from a food allergy is more than 10 times lower than their chances of dying from an accident. To give that some perspective, according to the CDC, homicide is the third leading cause of death for children under 5; food allergies don’t even make it onto the list for the 10 Leading Causes of Death . Food allergies can always be identified retrospectively. Eating habits, however, are incredibly difficult to change. In an excellent editorial in The New York Times last week, “Bad Eating Habits Start in the Womb,” Kristin Wartman reviews some evidence for the importance of introducing variety at an early age.
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Healthy eating costs an extra $1.50 per day: study

Students eat a healthy lunch at Marston Middle School in San Diego, California, March 7, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Credit: Reuters/Mike Blake NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – That healthy foods cost more has become conventional wisdom, but a new study is the most thorough yet in calculating how much more: about a dollar and a half. “Before now, we’ve seen studies looking at prices of one or a few foods or diets, in one city and from one store,” said Mayuree Rao. “And the results have been mixed, with some studies finding that the healthier options cost more and some studies finding they don’t.” Rao is a junior research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and a garcinia cambogia reviews medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. She led the study that was published in BMJ Open. The research team identified 27 previous studies from 10 countries that met their inclusion criteria and reviewed each of them. Fourteen studies were conducted in the U.S, two in Canada, six in Europe and five in other countries including South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Brazil. Twelve of the studies were market surveys that evaluated—crucial-data-released-231403591.html the prices of anywhere from two to 133 foods each and included up to 1,230 stores.
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