Nutrition and Allergic Diseases

Nutrients. 2017 Jul 17;9(7):762. doi: 10.3390/nu9070762.


The development of IgE-mediated allergic diseases is influenced by many factors, including genetic and environmental factors such as pollution and farming, but also by nutrition. In the last decade, substantial progress has been made in our understanding of the impact that nutrition can have on allergic diseases. Many studies have addressed the effect of breastfeeding, pre-, pro- and synbiotics, vitamins and minerals, fiber, fruit and vegetables, cow's milk, and n-3 fatty acids, on the development of allergies. In addition, nutrition can also have indirect effects on allergic sensitization. This includes the diet of pregnant and breastfeeding women, which influences intrauterine development, as well as breastmilk composition. These include the diet of pregnant and breastfeeding women that influences intrauterine development as well as breastmilk composition, effects of food processing that may enhance allergenicity of foods, and effects via modulation of the intestinal microbiota and their metabolites. This editorial review provides a brief overview of recent developments related to nutrition and the development and management of allergic diseases.

Keywords: (food) allergy; asthma; breastfeeding; eczema; fatty acids; nutrition; pre/probiotic; rhinoconjunctivitis.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding
  • Diet*
  • Female
  • Food Hypersensitivity / diet therapy*
  • Gastrointestinal Microbiome
  • Humans
  • Hypersensitivity / therapy*
  • Immunoglobulin E / blood
  • Infant
  • Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Intestines / microbiology
  • Maternal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Periodicals as Topic
  • Pregnancy


  • Immunoglobulin E