How breast milk prevents food allergies

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By: IANS | Toronto |
Published: June 14, 2018 11:29:14 am


Are you feeding breast milk to your infant? A new study finds doing so prevents food allergies in future. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

The unique composition of complex sugars in breast milk may prevent future food allergies in childhood, a benefit not found in infant formula, thus underscoring their potential for therapeutic interventions, say researchers. Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are structurally complicated sugar molecules unique to human breast milk and are the third most abundant solid component in human milk after lactose (a different type of sugar) and fat. They are not actually digestible by infants, but act as a prebiotic to help guide development of the infant gut microbiota — a key influencer of allergic disease.

In the study, published in the…

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