Study: Mediterranean Diet and the Association with Childhood Asthma and Allergy

In a study published in the October edition of the journal Allergy, researchers assessed whether adherence to a Mediterranean dietary pattern, for children in the last 12 months and their mothers during pregnancy, was associated with both childhood asthma and allergic rhinitis. A cross-sectional study was conducted in 2004 using a random sample of children from the Mexicali region, Mexico. Dietary data of children’s intake in the last 12 months and their mothers’ intake during pregnancy was collected. Results showed that higher adherence to a Mediterranean dietary pattern was associated with reductions in many asthma and allergy related measures. The authors findings suggest that following a healthy dietary pattern may protect Mexicali children from asthma and allergic rhinitis symptoms.

To view the abstract of this study, visit //www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/121402056/abstract.

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