Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Got Asthma? Skip the Burger and Fries

Source: Fox (Summary by NIM)

Burgers and Fries: the cornerstones of North American fast food chains, and not coincidentally the epitome of everything that is wrong with the North American diet. Loaded with artery-clogging saturated fats, these foods are not only hazardous to our growing waistlines but new research has shown that they make Asthma worse, too!

One of the main reasons why saturated fats are so bad for us is that they trigger an inflammatory response within our bodies - which is precisely why they also worsen the symptoms of Asthma, according to researchers. In a new study, participants who consumed high-fat foods demonstrated an inflammatory response in their airways shortly after finishing their meals.

In recent years, the incidence of asthma has increased significantly and for a long time, it was not known why. More and more evidence is pointing to the fact that diet is a major player in this often debilitating disease. According to one of the researchers conducting this study,
"If these results can be confirmed by further research, this suggests that strategies aimed at reducing dietary fat intake may be useful in managing asthma,".

Find out more about this amazing topic by reading the article called "Burger and Fries Worsen Asthma, Study Suggests"
from Fox News (May 17, 2010).