The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Many people are allergic to eggs and peanuts. An allergy to peanuts can be deadly. Researchers from a London university say that feeding eggs and peanuts to babies may stop them getting allergies when they are older. The researchers looked at studies of more than 200,000 children to see when they 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 than children who ate eggs later. Babies aged four-to-11 months old who ate peanut products were 70 per cent less likely to get an allergy to peanuts.



Egg and peanut allergies are the two most common childhood food allergies. Parents must be careful when feeding babies eggs and nuts. Babies should never have whole nuts because they might choke. They should only eat smooth and not crunchy peanut butter. Other food allergies are to soy, wheat, sesame, fish and seafood. Giving these foods to babies one at a time may protect them from allergies. Parents should check their baby's health after each new food. The researchers say that more research is needed to find the best ages to start feeding 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. Many people are allergic
  2. An allergy to peanuts can
  3. stop them getting allergies when
  4. studies of more than
  5. when they first
  6. they were 40 per cent less likely
  7. peanut
  8. get an
  1. 200,000 children
  2. they are older
  3. products
  4. to get an egg allergy
  5. allergy
  6. to eggs
  7. ate eggs
  8. be deadly

Paragraph 2

  1. the two most
  2. Parents must be
  3. whole
  4. they might
  5. eat smooth and not
  6. Giving these foods
  7. protect them
  8. researchers say
  1. crunchy peanut butter
  2. nuts
  3. from allergies
  4. common childhood food allergies
  5. that more research is needed
  6. choke
  7. careful
  8. to babies one at a time

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Many people (1) ___________________ and peanuts. An allergy to peanuts can be deadly. Researchers from a London university say that feeding eggs and peanuts (2) ___________________ stop them getting allergies when (3) ___________________. The researchers looked at studies of more than 200,000 children to see when they first ate eggs and peanuts. They (4) ___________________ 4-6-month-old babies ate eggs, they were 40 per cent less likely to get an egg allergy than children (5) ___________________ later. Babies aged four to 11 months old who ate peanut products were 70 per cent (6) ___________________ an allergy to peanuts.

Egg and peanut allergies are the (7) ___________________ childhood food allergies. Parents (8) ___________________ when feeding babies eggs and nuts. Babies should never have whole nuts because (9) ___________________. They should only eat smooth and not crunchy peanut butter. Other food allergies are to (10) ___________________ fish, and seafood. Giving these foods to babies one at a (11) ___________________ them from allergies. Parents should check their baby's health after each new food. The researchers say that more research is needed to find the best ages (12) ___________________ eggs and peanuts to babies.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Manypeopleareallergictoeggsandpeanuts.Anallergytopeanutscanb
edeadly.ResearchersfromaLondonuniversitysaythatfeedingeggsan
dpeanutstobabiesmaystopthemgettingallergieswhentheyareolder.
Theresearcherslookedatstudiesofmorethan200,000childrentoseew
hentheyfirstateeggsandpeanuts.Theyfoundthatif4-6-month-oldba
biesateeggs,theywere40percentlesslikelytogetaneggallergythanchi
ldrenwhoateeggslater.Babiesagedfourto11monthsoldwhoatepeanu
tproductswere70percentlesslikelytogetanallergytopeanuts.Eggand
peanutallergiesarethetwomostcommonchildhoodfoodallergies.Pare
ntsmustbecarefulwhenfeedingbabieseggsandnuts.Babiesshouldne
verhavewholenutsbecausetheymightchoke.Theyshouldonlyeatsmo
othandnotcrunchypeanutbutter.Otherfoodallergiesaretosoy,wheat,
sesame,fish,andseafood.Givingthesefoodstobabiesoneatatimemay
protectthemfromallergies.Parentsshouldchecktheirbaby'shealthaft
ereachnewfood.Theresearcherssaythatmoreresearchisneededtofin
dthebestagestostartfeedingeggsandpeanutstobabies.

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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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