Yogurt can help treat and prevent food allergies, as new research shows the probiotics can help restore the digestive system.
It also boosts the immune system, making the body more resiliant against bacterial infection.
A study presented at the 2011 Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) in Venice showed yogurt restored 'optimal intestinal flora'.
"This may help the body to properly recognize the allergens, without triggering a response to food that is, in itself, harmless," said Professor Susanne Halken, EAACI Pediatrics Section Chairperson.
"Moreover, lactic acid bacteria have a well-known anti-inflammatory effect, which means that they can help ease the symptoms of food allergies."
A healthy diet should also contain fruits and vegetables, increasing the intake of antioxidants and vitamin D, to protect the body against allergens.
EAACI also recommend that mothers and family members give up smoking the prevent the spread of allergies in children.