Eating apples and fish during pregnancy may reduce the risk of asthma and allergic diseases in children, suggests a new study from the UK. This is good news for people like me who are born with asthma. Because we were told that asthma might be passed on genetically to our children.
The new research, presented at the American Thoracic Society 2007 International Conference, was conducted at the University of Aberdeen, and focused on 1,212 children born to women who had filled out food questionnaires during their pregnancy. When the children were 5 years old, the mothers completed a questionnaire about the children's respiratory symptoms and allergies, as well as a questionnaire about their child's food consumption.Willers and her co-workers reported that children of the mothers who ate the most apples during pregnancy were less likely to ever have wheezed or have asthma at the age of 5 years, compared to children of mothers who had the lowest apple consumption. Moreover, children of mothers who ate fish once or more a week were less likely to have had eczema than children of mothers who never ate fish.
The beneficial effect of apples may come from the flavonoids content, said the researchers, while fish's protective effect may come from omega-3 fatty acids. Other studies have suggested these have a protective effect against heart diseases and asthma.
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