Black Kids Twice as Likely to Have Food Sensitivities to Peanuts, Eggs, Milk

MSNBC, September 5, 2011

In a new study of 2-year-olds in Boston, black kids were twice as likely as white kids to have an immune response to foods such as peanuts, milk, and eggs, and almost four times as likely to have a “sensitization” to three or more foods.

While food sensitization doesn’t necessarily pose any danger on its own, kids who are sensitized to certain foods are more likely to develop full-blown allergies to them in the future.

“We know that sensitization is not the same thing as food allergy, but what they’re reporting does seem to be consistent with what has been seen in other populations,” said Christine Joseph, an allergy and asthma researcher from the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit who was not involved in the new study.

Other recent studies have hinted at higher rates of food sensitizations or allergies in blacks, she told Reuters Health.

Researchers also looked at the kids’ DNA and found that the more African ancestry it showed, the more likely a child was to have any type of food sensitization, especially to peanuts.

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About 38 percent of black kids had a food sensitization, compared to 22 percent of white kids. When the researchers took into account factors like whether or not kids were breastfed and if moms smoked while they were pregnant, the black two-year-olds were more than twice as likely to have a food sensitization.

They were also almost four times as likely to have a detectable immune-system response to three or more of the potential allergens.

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That tells researchers that genetics may play a role in how likely kids are to have food sensitizations or allergies. Or, something about different ancestral environments may be playing a role, Kumar said–for example, people from Africa are known to have lower vitamin D levels early in life. Vitamin D has been linked to some aspects of immune function.

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  • ghw

    “the more African ancestry, the more likely a child was to have any type of food sensitization, especially to peanuts.”

    That is ironic, since peanuts are a staple of the diet in much of West Africa.

    Many blacks also claim they cannot digest milk, that this is an “African” trait; but there are whole tribes in East Africa that live on the milk from their cattle.

  • Johann von Braun

    African DNA is primitive and not adapted to agricultural produce. They can eat the crude out of bananas and other wild or naturally occurring food. Milk for example, whose possession on a regular basis indicates the ability to domesticate animals and plan fodder for the animals, is not tolerable for most adult Africans. In fact, Europeans are the only species on the planet whose bodies can process milk into adulthood. Just as they are not adaptable to modernity, they are also intolerant of agricultural produce.

  • Bullo

    This kind of thing is strongly correlated with formula feeding and early consumption of processed foods. Nestle Corporation used most of Africa as a study group.

    The problem is that breast feeding is hard work, but you’ve failed as a parent if you can’t hack it.

    http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db05.htm

  • HH

    “Social construct, social construct, social construct, social construct…” Everybody now! “Social construct, social construct…”

    If they say it enough times, it will be true…right???

  • Anonymous

    I thought their allergies were caused by evil White landlords painting their homes with lead paint. The lead paint having been stockpiled in warehouses for 50 years after lead paint was outlawed specifically for the purpose of harming blacks.

  • Anonymous

    Astounding, this implies that diversity can also include differences. And that those differences cause a variety of results along ethnic lines. Who knew?

  • Anonymous

    I hope this information doesn’t filter down to them. There will be a stampede to apply for even more SSI checks.

  • Anonymous

    Did Whitey “invent” these? If so, then the blacks can blame it on Whitey again..

  • Anonymous

    Peanuts are just a social construct.

  • A. Windaus

    I have read before that many Sub-Saharan Africans are Lactose Intolerant as drinking milk is primarily a European adaptation to survive the harsh winter. From Wikipedia: “The frequency of decreased lactase activity (lactose intolerance) ranges from as little as 5% in northern Europe, up to 71% for Sicily, to more than 90% in some African and Asian countries.”

  • Michigan Patriot

    How ironic that a leftist’s black American icon, George Washington Carver, experimented with the peanut legume. Carver was either a ” racist ” or an Uncle Tom or both .

  • GetBackJack

    Maybe it’s the hormones and antibiotics in the chicken???

  • Anonymous

    I hope blacks (and very PC liberals) don’t see this as racist. If anything, knowing this can be helpful to blacks and people who may work with blacks. I think the same about other racial differences regarding diseases and other medical issues. Knowing those differences isn’t racist. Once you know about it, maybe you can find a more efficient way of dealing with it.

  • Epiales

    Being black is dangerous! Blacks are more likely to drown, get shot, go to jail, get a heart attack and/or stroke, have diabetes, gets AIDS, get obese, starve…

    Now they are more likely to suffer from peanuts, milk, eggs…

    What else?

  • Alexandra

    Pasteurization destroys an enzyme that helps you digest lactose, so it may not be that people are lactose intolerant, but pasteurized-milk intolerant.

    That could explain the East African tribes that ghw mentioned.

  • Anonymous

    Hold on a sec. So there is actually something called differences in genetics for real? Inpossible. There is only one single human race on earth. There is no such thing as different races and different genes.

    What about all we have been taught from birth to death plus the other media such as newspapers, internet, tv, radio, etc? All the many years of education from pre-k to phd? Those thousands of books never proclaimed any differences in anything and that everyone is EQUAL just like our great wonderful 3rd prez of America the great Mr Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1776 with the worlds greatest freedom document.

    This is wrong wrong wrong.

    Mr. Jefferson in 1776 was the very FIRST man on earth in any documented history to proclaim to not just the world and universe but summon all the divine powers screaming EVERY SINGLE MAN and WOMAN ARE IDENTICAL AND EQUAL and therefore it must be so otherwise he wouldnt have said it on such a world univeral stage that every single nation has since copied.

    so now you know the rest of the story …

  • Ozzie

    black kids were twice as likely as white kids to have an immune response to foods such as peanuts, milk, and eggs

    Oh the horror!

    Now free school lunches will have to be made peanut, milk and egg-free. Replace milk with?…PURPLE/GRAPE or RED/WHATEVER RED TASTES LIKE.

    (h/t sbpl)

  • john

    This is hardly a startling revelation. Different racial and ethnic groups have varying levels of susceptibility to different allergens, pathogens, and cancer-causing agents.

    So what?

  • voter

    19 — john wrote:

    This is hardly a startling revelation. Different racial and ethnic groups have varying levels of susceptibility to different allergens, pathogens, and cancer-causing agents.

    So what?

    __________________

    Well, you’re right, John. But for people brought up on the unquestioned dogma that all people are equal — except for the point job, this is a STARTLING REVELATION! How can this be? It rattles their world.

  • voter

    “the dogma that all people are equal — except for the point job,”

    I meant to say the PAINT job, which gives some meaning to it.

  • Anonymous

    Peanuts, eggs and milk will have to be banned because they have a disparate impact.

  • down the bayou

    We Whites have to accommodate blacks on everything. Now it might be racist for a White child to have a peanut butter sandwich. As for Carver, he did not do anything new, people already had peanut paste before he tried. I can think of a number of things that have been (secretly) done to accommodate blacks, like putting extra vitamin D into milk. Another thing I have noticed is that when i would buy pants, I always had to “take in” the seat. I also got tired of seeing “made in China” so i sew my own clothes now. Now more will be done to accommodate blacks, I expect banning of eggs, nuts, and pasteurized milk. I am allergic to catfish and walnuts, but since I am White I don’t matter.

  • Tim

    In a new study of 2-year-olds in Boston, black kids were twice as likely as white kids to have an inate response to things such as peanuts, milk, and eggs, work, honesty and almost four times as likely to have a “sensitization to doing anything worthwhile.

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