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Fast-food increases teenagers’ asthma and eczema risk

Fast-food could be causing asthma, eczema and rhinitis (stuffy and runny nose), researchers claim this week. Children who have three or more servings every week are especially at risk, and their health problems could be more severe. Three or more servings of fast-food such as burgers increase the risk for severe asthma by 39 per cent in teenagers and by 27 per cent in younger children. Fruit has a protective effect, and a child is less likely to suffer from asthma the more fruit he or she eats.

Researchers from the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (Isaac) said that fast-food has high levels of saturated and trans fatty acids, which affect the immune system, while fruit is rich in antioxidants, which help promote good immune system functioning. Their findings are based on surveys of 319,000 teenagers and 181,000 six-year-olds living in up to 51 countries, who were asked about any illnesses and their severity, and the foods they ate. The [highlight]clearest association was between the immune-responsive diseases such as asthma and eczema and fast-food[/highlight].

Source: Thorax, 2013; 10: doi: 10.1136/thoraxjnl-2012-202285

Erkin Oksak

Ik vind dat mensen zich bewust moeten zijn van wat ze eten en in hun lichaam binnenkrijgen. In mijn ogen levert de voedingsindustrie een belangrijke bijdrage aan de huidige chronische ziekten in onze samenleving. Goede voeding, geen medicijnen, is de sleutel tot een goede gezondheid. Klik hier voor mijn persoonlijk verhaal en motivatie »
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