When the peanut allergy crazy hit Doctors told parents to avoid Peanut Butter for small children. Years later they found that this was increasing the problem.
For years, parents were told that babies and peanut butter just don't mix. In fact, it was common practice to hold off introducing any nuts, including peanut butter, until kids were 3 years old. Research on the timing of introducing peanuts has had conflicting results. However, a large study in Israel, where peanuts are often introduced when babies are less than 4 months old, found that early introduction of peanut protein actually decreases the risk of developing a peanut allergy. Some studies have also found that in non-allergic expecting mothers, eating peanuts while pregnant may reduce the risk of a peanut allergy for children.
That's not us either. My daughter's peanut and tree nut allergy manifested when she was four years old. Prior to that she was eating peanut butter and other foods with nuts in them. We were all watching Olympics coverage yesterday when a commercial involving or advertising some brand of peanut butter came on. My daughter mentioned how she remembered how peanut butter tasted and how good it was. Sucks.