Thursday, June 10, 2010

Burgers May Lead to Asthma in Kids

Source: Reuters Health (Summary by NIM)

It’s no surprise that eating burgers too often is not good for the health of children (or anyone!), but now there’s even more reason to cut back on those happy meals. According to a new study, kids who eat burgers 3 times or more per week are at a higher risk of developing asthma! Good news though, a healthy diet can help remedy the negative effects of this unsound diet.

According to the researchers, burgers themselves are not necessarily the culprits, but consuming them too often is representative of a host of other lifestyle factors that contribute to poor health. The study leader, Nagel of the Institute of Epidemiology at Ulm University, Germany, said "This is a sign that the link is not strongly related to the food itself, but that burgers are a proxy for other lifestyle and environmental factors like obesity and lack of exercise,".

The researchers also found that children who swapped burgers for fish, fruits and veggies were less likely to suffer the negative effects of an unhealthy lifestyle, noting that "Overall, more frequent consumption of fruit, vegetables and fish was associated with a lower lifetime prevalence of asthma, whereas high burger consumption was associated with higher lifetime asthma prevalence,".

So do your kids (and yourself!) a favour by serving up all kinds of different fish, nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies for a healthy mind and body, and a lower risk of disease and illness.

For more details, check out the article called “Burger diet linked to higher childhood asthma risk” from Reuters Health (June 2, 2010).