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article imageEating Mediterranean Food During Pregnancy May Help Prevent Asthma in Children

By KJ Mullins     Jan 14, 2008 in Health
A study conducted by an antenatal clinic in Menorca seems to indicate what a mother eats during pregnancy makes a difference in whether her children will come down with asthma.
In 1997 503 pregnant women were recruited for a study on their dietary habits. The women have been followed for the past six years along with the children they gave birth too.
The children were recently examined for asthma and allergies. It appears that there is no impact on the children's dietary intake at this age and whether or not they have asthma or allergies. Surprisingly what does make an impact on these conditions is the diet their mothers had during pregnancy.
One third of the mothers had a low rating on the Mediterranean Diet Score. The score is a measurement of fruits, vegetables, olive oil, fish, wholegrain cereals, legumes and nuts that are consumed. Two thirds of the mothers had high scores.
The children whose mothers were on the lower end of the scoring were three and four times more likely to have symptoms of asthma than those whose mothers ate more of the Mediterranean diet. The children whose mothers were in the lower end were also twice as likely to suffer from allergies.
Eating your veggies at least eight times a week, fish more than three times a week and legumes at least once a week may be a step in protecting your children from having to deal with asthma. Eating red meat more than three or four times a week seems to have a negative impact risk wise.
The paper was published in the British journal Thorax.
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