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Burger diet increases risk of asthma in children

Published on 03/06/2010
Children who eat three or more burgers a week have a higher chance of developing asthma and wheezing, it has been claimed.

According to an international study, a Mediterranean diet high in fruit, vegetables and fish is the best option for avoiding the respiratory disease.

Researchers collected data of some 50,000 children aged eight to 12 from both rich and poor countries between 1995 and 2005.

Their parents were quizzed on the children's diets and whether or not they had ever suffered wheezing or been diagnosed with asthma.

Analysis of the results, published in the journal Thorax, showed that eating three or more burgers a week was associated with higher asthma risk, especially in richer countries.

However, no link with asthma was found with those who had a diet high in red meat, suggesting lifestyle factors, rather than the burgers themselves, are to blame.

Children who ate a diet high in fish, fruit and vegetables were found to be less prone to the disease.

"Fruit and vegetables contain antioxidants and other biologically active factors which may contribute to the favourable effect of fruit consumption in asthma," the report said.

An estimated 5.4 million people in the UK currently receive treatment for asthma, 1.1 million of whom are children.
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