Fast Food Linked to Asthma, Study Says

fastfood linked to asthma

Here’s one more reason why your kids should eat less fast food. There’s a new study that says kids who eat lots of fast food are more at risk of suffering from asthma, eczema, and rhinitis.

The study, published in the respiratory journal “Thorax” used data from more than half a million kids in more than 50 countries. The results showed that kids who ate fast food as much as three times a week had a 27 to 39 percent increase in severe asthma.

The study’s authors say this is due to the fat contained in fast food.

“Fast food is rich in industrially hydrogenated vegetable fats such as margarine which are dietary sources of trans fatty acids, and there is some evidence that dietary intake of trans fatty acids is associated with asthma,” the study said.

But the same study also found that kids who also regularly ate fruits and vegetables have a lesser chance of getting asthma. Three or more servings of fruits and veggies per week reduced the severity of asthma and eczema symptoms by 11 to 14 percent.

So, serve up those leafy greens. They’re cheaper and healthier than fastfood!