Mediterranean diet and asthma and allergy risk

In a study published in the April 2007 issue of the British Medical Journal Thorax, researchers examined whether the discrepancy of wheeze and rhinitis among children in rural Crete may be attributed to their high consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables or adherence to a traditional Mediterranean diet. Participants completed a cross-sectional survey to assess respiratory and allergic symptoms as well as food frequency for children aged 1 to 18 years. Children also underwent skin prick tests with 10 common aeroallergens. The data suggested that there was a beneficial effect of commonly consumed fruits, vegetables, and nuts, and a high adherence to a traditional Mediterranean diet during childhood on symptoms of asthma and rhinitis. To view the abstract for this study visit //