Research: Probiotics and peanut allergy


Sixty-two study participants (children aged between 1 and 10 years) with medically diagnosed peanut allergy were randomly divided into two groups: treatment and placebo. The treatment group received increasing amounts of peanut flour and the probiotic over a period of 18 months and the placebo group received ingredients that imitated the peanut flour and the probiotic.

The researchers found that 89.7% of the children in the treatment group and 7.1% of children in the placebo group were desensitised to peanuts when challenged 2 to 5 weeks after the end of the trial. This is a promising result, but it will take some time before the long-term results are known.

From the Australian Breastfeeding Association.