Effect of Veganism & Dogs on Kids
From eNewsletter 2/1/2021
DID YOU KNOW that we found two new important studies, one good, and one not so good, regarding children? Findings from the Wayne County Health, Environment, Allergy, and Asthma Longitudinal Study (WHEALS) suggests pregnant moms with a dog in the home had children with less immunoglobulin E (IgE) allergies. WHEALS is a large, racially and ethnically diverse general-risk birth cohort established in 2003 with funding from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Adolescents who had prenatal exposure to dogs showed nearly a 30% decrease in IgE trajectory levels compared to adolescents whose mothers did not have a dog while pregnant. The benefit to a child’s immune systems may in part be due to dogs bringing bacteria into the home, which likely impacts the gut microbiome. Alternatively, a new study from EMBO Molecular Medicine found that young children on a vegan diet had significantly lower levels of several nutrients compared with children not eating vegan, including vitamins A, D, essential amino acids, and a complete lack of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the omega-3 fatty acid which plays a key role in the development of visual function.
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