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  2. Mar 13, 2024

Fruits and Vegetables May Prevent Childhood Asthma

Childhood nutrition plays a key role in the development of several diseases. A Mediterranean diet high in plant-based foods and low in saturated fat is associated with a lower risk of having asthma, with fruits and vegetables having a particularly protective effect, according to a new meta-analysis.1 Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition, and the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables may be the reason for their protective effect. 2


  1. Antonogeorgos G, Kogias C, Douros K, Panagiotakos D. Greater fruit and vegetables consumption, and adherence to a Mediterranean type of diet reduces the risk for asthma in children; a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2024;75(1):4-30. doi:10.1080/09637486.2023.2276033
  2. Alwarith J, Kahleova H, Crosby L, et al. The role of nutrition in asthma prevention and treatment. Nutr Rev. 2020;78(11):928-938. doi:10.1093/nutrit/nuaa005

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