A diet of fish and "fruity" vegetables can help reduce asthma and allergies in children, according to the results of a seven-year study released today.
Researchers in Spain discovered that the eating habits of expectant mothers and their offspring affected childhood wheeze and allergic reaction. Children who consumed more than 60g (2.12oz) of fish and and 40g (1.41oz) of "fruity" vegetables a day, such as tomatoes and aubergines, were found to be less likely to suffer from asthma and allergies.
The study, which is included in the latest edition of the journal Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, charted the progress of 232 boys and 228 girls from the womb to age six and a half.
Researchers found that just under 9 per cent of the children suffered from some degree of wheezing, including around 6% with allergy-related asthma. In addition, 17 per cent reacted to at least one of the allergens in a skin prick test.
But those with a diet high in fish and "fruity" vegetables were less prone to suffer, the study found.
Source - Daily Mail