Pregnant women who eat a Mediterranean diet may help protect their children from asthma and other allergies, researchers say. The Crete team studied 468 mothers and their children from pregnancy to six and a half years after the birth.
They found asthma and allergies were significantly less common in children whose mothers ate lots of vegetables, fruit, nuts and fish during pregnancy.
The Thorax study also found eating high levels of red meat increased the risk.
It made that conclusion in cases where red meat was being eaten more than three to four times a week. More than five million people in the UK have asthma, and one in 10 children is affected.
Previous work by the same team, from the University of Crete, found that children who ate a Mediterranean diet appeared to be protected from asthma and allergies. The latest study suggests that the protective effect of the diet may kick in an even earlier stage.
The researchers found that by the time the children were six-and-a-half years old their diet appeared to have little impact on their risk of asthma and allergy.
However, their mother's diet during pregnancy appeared to be much more important.
Source - BBC