Many parents of children with asthma and allergies will already be watching carefully their chil’s diet since certain foods – notoriously nuts – are known to trigger allergic reactions.
With news that studies show apparently bland burgers, nuggets, pasties and similar fast foods could contribute to the risk, they will be keen to know what research suggest are the safer options for family dinners. One better bet appears to be a Mediterranean diet. Asthma UK cites research carried out in Athens in 2011 by Grigoropoulou and colleques, which compared children in the city with those in the rural part of Greece. They found the urban children were more likely to get asthma, but eating a diet in vegetables, fish and oils, appeared to protect them.
Fish oils on their own, however, did not do so well in a study from Edinburgh University published in 2009. This was a review of a number of studies where children had been given omega-3 and omega-6 supplements in the hope of preventing allergies, while other comparable children had been given placebos. The researchers found no clear evidence that the supplements had any protective effect.
“Our systematic review and meta-analysis suggests that supplementation with omega 3 and omega-6 oils is probably unlikely to play an important role as a strategy for the primary prevention of sensitization or allergic disease,” they concluded.
Trans fatty acids have been linked to asthma and allergies before, in addition to raising cholesterol levels and the NHS advises people to reduce their intake. The fast food study suggest the best advice for parents wanting to protect their children from asthma and allergies is to ensure they have a healthy diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables, and to steer clear of fast food.
Story shared from StarFit4Life – Sunday 27 Jan 2013 / Guardian News and Media.