A new study has found a possible link between junk food and an increased risk among children of developing asthma, eczema and some childhood allergies. The massive research involved more than 319,000 teenagers from across 51 countries and more than 181,000 children (six to seven years old) from across 31 countries. The results suggest that eating fast food three or more times a week could lead to developing asthma, eczema and rhinoconjunctivitis (a condition characterised by runny or congested nose, sneezing, itchy and irritated eyes).
New research from the University of Crete shows that asthma is less common in children whose mothers ate a Mediterranean diet rich in fruit and vegetables during pregnancy. Eating vegetables more than eight times a week and pulses (peas, beans and lentils) more than once a week helped most. These foods contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals including antioxidants which help keep us healthy. This study also found that eating red meat more than three to four times a week increased the risk.
New research shows that breastfed babies with eczema suffer less when their mothers spend time laughing before feeding them. In this study breastfeeding mothers were shown either a feature length Charlie Chaplin film or footage of weather information. Two feeds later the babies’ allergic reactions were measured. Those whose mothers had laughed had fewer symptoms. The laughing mothers’ milk was found to contain higher levels of melatonin, a hormone associated with relaxation.