How Paleo Promotes Gut Health And Prevents Food Allergies In Kids

Food allergies affect a lot of children.

In America, food allergies affect 4 to 6 percent of children. Genetics play a role, but that’s only half the story. Research points to a surprising link: poor gut health. After all, a healthy gut equals a healthy immune system, the part of the body that controls food allergies. That’s where Paleo – a gut-friendly diet – comes in.

What Causes An Allergy?

Cause of allergy.

Let’s look at how an allergy is caused. The immune system normally fights off pathogens like bacteria. However, if it thinks that a normal substance is a “bad guy,” it overreacts and causes an allergic reaction. Common symptoms include swelling, rashes, sneezing, coughing, and itching. A severe reaction can turn into anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition.

In this case, that “bad guy” is food. About 90 percent of all allergies are caused by eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, or soy. In children, milk, eggs, and peanuts are the most common allergens.

It’s possible for kids with allergies to

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live a healthy life. Yet, there’s always the threat of cross-contamination or accidental ingestion. The solution might be Paleo eating.1

Food Allergies And Gut Health

The link between gut health and food allergies.

Food allergies are the product of an overactive immune system. Meanwhile, your gut is the body’s first line of defense. It’s basically the headquarters of your immune response. You can thank the intestinal microflora, such as clostridia, that protect the body against food allergies. To help it thrive, bacterial balance is key. A healthy gut fights food allergies.2 3

Gut Health And Paleo

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Here’s where it gets interesting. According to a 2010 study, children who eat modern diets have poor gut health. They also have less protection against inflammation and colon diseases.

On the other hand, children who eat organic food have balanced, healthier guts. This is much like the “caveman” concept of Paleo. Processed ingredients are completely cut out.4 Remember, warding off food allergies may depend on a balanced gut. Enter Paleo eating!

Paleo Ideas For Kids

Paleo Ideas For Kids

Paleo food might seem like a grown-up trend, but children can get

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on board. It’s all about the right approach! Try these five kid-approved ideas.

1. Fruit Leather

Fruit leather is healthier than gummy candies.

Instead of gummy candies, treat your kid with fruit leather. A typical recipe involves mashing cooked fruit into a puree. Next, it is spread onto a metal sheet and baked at a low temperature for about 8 hours. The result is sweet and gummy goodness. To make it Paleo, skip the sugar and flavor with lemon juice or cinnamon.

2. Sweet Potato Fries

Give your kid sweet potato fries instead of french fries.

Goodbye, potato chips. Hello, sweet potato fries! Use coconut oil, avocado oil, or beef tallow. Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes, flipping halfway through. For a Paleo ketchup, blend crushed tomatoes and apple cider vinegar with spices.

3. Fruit Ice Pops

Fruit ice pops are a delightfully healthy
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Prepare delicious fruit ice pops that your kids will love! Long gone are the days of artificially colored (and flavored) ice pops. Blend fruits of your choice with coconut water or milk. Pour the mixture into ice pop molds, freeze overnight, and you’re done!

4. Banana Ice Cream

Go for fruit ice creams.

You don’t need dairy and sugar to enjoy ice cream. Chop, freeze, and blend banana slices into a creamy treat. Add fruits like berries or mango. Out of bananas? Try this idea with an avocado.

5. Nut-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Nut-crusted chicken nuggets are healthy for your kid's gut.

Traditional chicken nuggets are barely even chicken. They’re covered in processed grains, only to be cooked in oils high in saturated fat. Make a Paleo version by coating chicken chunks with eggs. Next,

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cover in a mixture of crushed nuts, coconut flour, and seasoning. Bake for 30 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Who knew fries, chicken nuggets, and ice cream could be so healthy? Hopefully, the kids will let you have a bite or two. The Paleo diet will promote your child’s health and prevent food allergies while tasting absolutely delicious!

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