Fatty foods can spark asthma attacks

Meals with high fat content can also make asthma medicines less effective

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Children with asthma are being advised to avoid eating too much fatty food after research shows a fat-laden diet can trigger an attack.

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Scientists revealed that a high-fat meal, such as a greasy burger, can actually inflame the airways of asthma sufferers. The saturated fatty acids trigger a reaction from the cells in the airways, and they react as if being attacked by a foreign germ – becoming inflamed.

Not only this, researchers also found that the fatty food actually decreased the effectiveness of the asthma medicine, Ventolin, too – so it’s a double whammy.

The study looked at two groups: one who ate burgers and hash browns (52% of the 1000 calories were from fat) while the other half ate 200-calorie yogurt (13% fat).

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Although the research is in its early days, the scientists concluded that reducing fat in the diet may help to manage asthma.

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