The Pendleton Panther

Fatty Foods do NOT help asthma

Posted on: May 18, 2010

According to a new study, asthmatic people who eat high-fat meals have increased inflammation in their airways shortly after. These results showed evidence that environmental factors like diet can make an impact on the development of asthma. Researcher Lisa Wood said, “If these results can be confirmed by further research, this suggests that strategies aimed at reducing dietary fat intake may be useful in managing asthma.”  Experts selected 40 people with asthma. Half the group received a high-fat, high-calorie meal of fast food containing about 1,000 calories, 52% of which was fat; the other half of the group ate a low-fat, low-calorie meal, containing about 200 calories and 13% fat. Afterwards scientists collected sputum samples before the patients began eating and then again four hours later and then analyzed the sampled for inflammatory marker. The results showed that the patients who ate the high-fat meals had less of a response to the bronchodilators.  Author Leslie Woods said “This is the first study to show that a high-fat meal increases airway inflammation, so this is a very important finding”

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