The Reading / Listening - Level 1

Allergies to eggs and peanuts can be deadly. However, researchers say that giving eggs and peanuts to babies may stop them getting allergies. The researchers looked at when over 200,000 babies first ate eggs and peanuts. They found that if 4-6-month-old babies ate eggs, they were 40 per cent less likely to get an egg allergy. Babies aged four-to-11 months old who ate peanut products were 70 per cent less likely to get a peanut allergy.



Egg and peanut allergies are the two most common childhood food allergies. Parents must be careful because babies can choke on whole nuts. They should also only eat smooth peanut butter. Other food allergies are to soy, wheat and seafood. Giving these foods to babies one at a time may protect them. Parents should check their baby's health after each new food. More research is needed to find the best ages to start giving eggs and peanuts to babies.

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Sources
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/giving-babies-eggs-and-peanuts-may-prevent-later-allergies-to-those-foods/2016/09/23/7fdaa018-810b-11e6-b002-307601806392_story.html
  • http://www.sciencealert.com/introducing-peanuts-and-eggs-early-in-life-might-lead-to-less-allergies
  • http://blogs.babycenter.com/mom_stories/eating-eggs-and-peanuts-early-may-reduce-allergies/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Allergies to eggs and peanuts can
  2. giving
  3. stop them
  4. The researchers looked
  5. if 4-6-month-old
  6. get an
  7. peanut
  8. 70 per cent less likely
  1. egg allergy
  2. be deadly
  3. eggs and peanuts to babies
  4. to get a peanut allergy
  5. getting allergies
  6. products
  7. babies ate eggs
  8. at when

Paragraph 2

  1. the two most
  2. Parents must
  3. babies can
  4. whole
  5. They should also only eat
  6. Other food allergies
  7. Giving these foods to babies
  8. More research is
  1. nuts
  2. smooth peanut butter
  3. needed
  4. one at a time
  5. common childhood food allergies
  6. choke
  7. be careful
  8. are to soy, wheat and seafood

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Allergies to eggs and peanuts (1) ___________________. However, researchers (2) ___________________ eggs and peanuts to babies (3) ___________________ getting allergies. The researchers looked at when over 200,000 first ate eggs and peanuts. They found that if 4-6-month-old babies ate eggs, they were 40 per cent (4) ___________________ an egg allergy. Babies aged four to 11 (5) ___________________ peanut products were 70 per cent (6) ___________________ a peanut allergy.

Egg and peanut allergies are the (7) ___________________ childhood food allergies. Parents (8) ___________________ because babies (9) ___________________ whole nuts. They should also only eat smooth peanut butter. Other food allergies are to soy, (10) ___________________. Giving these foods to babies one at a time may protect them. Parents should check their baby's health (11) ___________________ food. More research is needed to find (12) ___________________ start giving eggs and peanuts to babies.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Allergiestoeggsandpeanutscanbedeadly.However,researcherssayt
hatgivingeggsandpeanutstobabiesmaystopthemgettingallergies.Th
eresearcherslookedatwhenover200,000babiesfirstateeggsandpean
uts.Theyfoundthatif4-6-month-oldbabiesateeggs,theywere40per
centlesslikelytogetaneggallergy.Babiesagedfourto11monthsoldwh
oatepeanutproductswere70percentlesslikelytogetapeanutallergy.E
ggandpeanutallergiesarethetwomostcommonchildhoodfoodallergie
s.Parentsmustbecarefulbecausebabiescanchokeonwholenuts.They
shouldalsoonlyeatsmoothpeanutbutter.Otherfoodallergiesaretosoy
,wheatandseafood.Givingthesefoodstobabiesoneatatimemayprotec
tthem.Parentsshouldchecktheirbaby'shealthaftereachnewfood.Mor
eresearchisneededtofindthebestagestostartgivingeggsandpeanutst
obabies.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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