The Start Eating Early Diet (SEED) study has been launched in the USA to explore the benefits of early introduction to multiple allergenic foods. It follows the Learning Early about Peanut Allergy (LEAP) study, published in 2015, which found that introducing peanuts early and often reduced the risk of developing peanut allergy by more than 80 per cent in high-risk infants (those with eczema and/or egg allergy).
The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) and other clinical bodies internationally, including the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA), revised food introduction guidelines following LEAP’s findings. This was to encourage the early introduction of peanut and other allergenic foods. However, a lot of barriers for many families in taking this advice have been identified and food allergy continues to rise in prevalence.
The study will investigate whether feeding multiple allergenic foods (specifically peanut, egg, dairy, cashews, soy, almond and sesame) to a diverse range of infants aged 4-7 months can reduce their risk of developing food allergies. It will also include education and support for new parents, and training for health professionals.
Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) has launched the study in partnership with a number of universities. Lisa Gable, CEO of FARE, says she hopes SEED “will generate vital insights on early introduction of multiple food allergens and communicate food allergy prevention strategies to parents and paediatricians.”
To read more about the SEED study, go to FARE Announces SEED to Study and Promote Early Introduction of Allergenic Foods to Prevent Food Allergies | Food Allergy Research & Education
Allergy Today, December 2020