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The Link Between Dishwashing Method and Food Allergy Development

According to The New York Times’ Well blog, a study published in the journal Pediatrics sought to find out how we might lower the chances of children developing allergies. Based off the notion of hygiene hypothesis, that children raised in highly sanitized environments fail to develop immune tolerance towards certain threats, researchers considered factors such as where parents bought food, the type of food children were eating, and the parent’s dishwashing method. Children in households where dishes were washed by hand and those who ate fermented foods or foods sourced from local farms had much lower allergy rates. The results suggest that exposing children to certain bacterias helps strengthen the immune system and lower the risk of developing allergies.

Read the post in The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study published in the journal Pediatrics.