In contemplating trying for a baby sometime soon I have been thinking about food allergies and intolerances. What got me thinking initially was the evidence from my own diet - and anecdotes from fellow Paleohackers - about how progressively ill we feel when we either purposely or accidently eat something from the realm of SAD. I would really love to raise a child with a Paleo food ethic but there are some concerns.
I started to worry about serious intolerences and allergies - for example although I choose not to eat gluten and peanuts if i do accidently eat either of these foods I might feel ill or off (or have no reaction at all) but there is no medically serious effects (long term effects aside - we won't discuss these here). As in my life doesn't depend on my avoiding these foods at all costs.
So my theory was whether it would actually be better to introduce some SAD foods into a young childs diet (such as gluten and peanuts) so that their body builds up a tolerance to them. My point being that I would rather have my child eat a little of these foods as opposed to having to live in fear about whether the child will accidently eat a peanut one day and have a life-threating reaction. Similarly, children are children and they will eat non-paleo at some point in their young lives (at friends houses etc) and wouldn't it be preferable to not have to worry about the child having a seriously adverse reaction to foods?
I recently heard a scientist discussing something along these lines on the radio recently - that allowing children access to these common-allergy creating foods from a young age actually allows them to build up a tolerance and minimises the risk of allergies. I can't find a link to it sorry (it was on Australian radio).
What are your opinions on this? I'd be interested in Dragonfly's take as well.