Can We Prevent Food Allergies? Early Feeding and Diet Diversity

Webinar: Can We Prevent Food Allergies? Early Feeding and Diet Diversity

Speakers will delve into the science of what we know about the intersection of diet and immunology for an overview of the current science in nutrition intervention and food allergy prevention.

  • Release Date: June 11, 2019
  • SKU LOPFA0619
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This webinar took place June 11, 2019.

Recent research shows that early introduction of peanut foods prevents peanut allergies in many susceptible children. Yet, the research for other allergens is not as clear. Does early introduction of potential allergens really prevent food allergies? The role of the microbiome has been implicated in allergic disease and gut microbiota is known to vary widely between those with atopy and those without. Should we be recommending probiotic supplementation for infants and children? Some association has been suggested between diet diversity and reducing the development of food allergies. How do we define diet diversity? And what does the research say about all of these issues?

Performance Indicators:

  • 8.3.6 Keeps abreast of current nutrition and dietetics knowledge and trends.
  • 8.1.2 Applies knowledge of food and nutrition as well as the biological, physical and social sciences in practice.
  • 8.4.4: Considers customers choice, beliefs, food sensitivities, allergies, wants and needs.

Learning Objectives

  1. Incorporate the latest guidelines for early introduction of potential allergens into nutrition counseling for new parents.
  2. Describe the current understanding of nutrition intervention to support a healthy microbiome in early life.
  3. Utilize the available science on nutrition intervention to direct patients and clients on the best diet for allergy prevention.


Sherry Coleman Collins MS, RDN, LD

Coleman Collins is a metro-Atlanta based registered dietitian nutritionist. She has spoken at dozens of conferences across the country on the topic of food allergies, one of her areas of expertise. Along with a distinguished group of experts, she developed the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Certificate of Training in Food Allergies. Coleman Collins also authored the Academy's Practice Paper on the Role of the RDN in Food Allergy Diagnosis and Management. She is a member of the International Network for Diet and Nutrition in Allergy (INDANA) and serves on the Americas Steering Committee.

Carina Venter, PhD, RD

Venter is an Allergy Specialist dietitian, dealing with children and adults diagnosed with food allergies, ranging from Food Protein Enterocolitis Syndrome, Eosinophilic Gastro-intestinal diseases, other non-IgE mediated food allergies and IgE mediated food allergies. Venter obtained a BSc Dietetics degree from the University of the Free State, South Africa. She went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Allergy and a PhD (2007) from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. Venter currently works as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Allergy and Immunology at the Children's Hospital Colorado and University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She has recently been elected as Chair of the International Network of Diet and Nutrition in Allergy (INDANA).

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  • Release Date: June 11, 2019
  • SKU LOPFA0619