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Food Allergies by the Numbers

Taking a closer look at the trends & stats

Did you know that in the last couple of decades, food allergies in children have risen by 50% and nut allergies have tripled? Many experts believe old feeding recommendations to avoid peanuts and other common food allergens in infancy may have unintentionally contributed to the increase. 

Fast forward two decades, and the guidance to avoid common allergens in infancy has been reversed by groundbreaking new research. The LEAP Study, led by Mission MightyMe co-founder and global food allergy prevention expert Dr. Gideon Lack, showed that most peanut allergies are preventable if peanut foods are introduced in the first year of life and eaten regularly until age 5.* At Mission MightyMe, we’re doing our part to inform, educate and empower caregivers to follow the science and get more proactive about food allergy prevention – so here’s a quick crash course on stats and facts.

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Food allergies by the numbers

There is so much hope: based on the LEAP Study data, if early peanut introduction is adopted on a mass scale, we could potentially prevent more than 100,000 peanut allergies each year – and the emerging data on other food allergies is promising as well. 


*FDA HEALTH CLAIM: For babies with an increased risk of peanut allergy (babies with severe eczema, egg allergy or both), introducing age-appropriate, peanut-containing foods as early as 4 months may reduce the risk of developing a peanut allergy. Caregivers should check with the baby’s healthcare provider before feeding the baby peanut-containing foods.