Can A Spoonful Of This Powder Help Prevent Children’s Food Allergies? – Fast Company
Research studies have shown that introducing children to foods during the first phases of life reduces the probability of allergies. The landmark Learning Early About Peanuts (LEAP) study, for example, found a five-to-one reduction in peanut allergies after five years of feeding as compared with avoidance. There’s also the Enquiring About Tolerance (EAT) study, in which the early introduction from three months of age of six allergenic foods (milk, peanut, sesame, fish, egg, and wheat) was associated with a two-thirds reduction by the age of three.
The most affordable SpoonfulOne subscription is 12 months, which amounts to $2.50 a day (or $912 a year). When I ask, however, how long parents can expect to make what many would consider a costly investment, Dombkowski admits, “We don’t know.” Studies recommend mixing in these foods for a few years, but as every child’s immune system differs–and as research is still being conducted–there is no finite set time to wean one off the product.
“Scientists don’t yet know how long food allergens should be included in the diet to support and educate the immune system,” states the company website. It then suggests rather vague protocol, advocating “long term” use.
Since SpoonfulOne is also composed of Vitamin D nutrients, Dombkowski argues “there’s no reason to stop” since, technically, its diverse protein makeup is beneficial to keeping one’s immune balanced, no matter the age. But as for taking it for its primary purpose, that’s somehow up to parents to decide.
But Is It The Best Way To Round Out A Child’s Diet
Marina Chaparro is a clinical dietitian and national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. While she applauds Beyond Brands’ efforts, she is not entirely convinced it’s the best way to round out a child’s diet.
“It really misses the mark in terms of teaching kids how to start learning how to eat,” she explains. “With food solids, you’re exposing that child to not just the nutrients, but we’re also teaching children how to like that food, learning how to adjust to different textures, and how to have that bite of whole wheat bread.”