Chapter 7

Early Nutrition and its Effect on Allergy Development

D.J. Palmer    School of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia

Abstract

Nutrition is one of the most easily modifiable environmental factors during early life that may play a role in allergic disease prevention. This chapter summarizes current evidence on both maternal and infant nutrition as important considerations to target as strategies, in order to improve immune development outcomes and reduce the burden of allergic disease in many communities. Research in this field is not straightforward and inconsistencies in our human evidence base to date are likely to reflect the inherent complexity of each individual’s diet, difficulty in accurately ...

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