Maternal food consumption during pregnancy and asthma outcomes

In a study published in the March 2007 issue of the British Medical Journal Thorax, researchers investigated whether maternal intake of specific foods during pregnancy is associated with asthma and allergic outcomes in 5 year old children. A longitudinal study was conducted among women recruited during pregnancy and children were followed up at 5 years. Maternal diet during pregnancy was assessed by a food frequency questionnaire. Results showed no consistent associations between childhood asthma outcomes and maternal intake of the analyzed foods except for apples. Maternal apple intake was beneficially associated with prevalence of ever wheezing, ever having asthma, and doctor-confirmed asthma in the children. The authors concluded that consumption of apples during pregnancy may have a protective effect against the development of childhood asthma. To view the abstract for this study visit //tinyurl.com/yokoep.

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