A new study suggests that women who eat apples pregnant May protect their child from developing asthma and the symptoms.
Eating apples of four or more per week during pregnancy appears to reduce the risk of asthma in children of women, according to a study Thorax. For research, scientists have followed the eating habits of more than 1,200 pregnant women and their newborns followed for five years. The researchers studied the associations between what ate women and children from the risk of asthma or wheezing. The only food that has been linked to better lung health? Apples. Doctors speculate that certain chemicals in apples - called flavonoids - may have a protective effect against asthma.
In the study, researchers from the Netherlands and Scotland led by SM Willers of Utrecht University have followed the diet of nearly 2,000 pregnant women and checked the lung health of their children in 1253.
At the age of 5 years, 162 children (12.9 percent) had an episode of wheezing during the year and 145 (11.6 percent) had doctor-confirmed asthma.
Among a variety of foods consumed and recorded by the pregnant women, only apple consumption showed a consistent protective association with the occurrence of childhood wheezing and asthma, according to the report of the team published in the medical journal Thorax. This is a new survey, Willers and colleagues note.
Researchers found that children of mothers who Munched more than 4 apples per week were 37 percent less likely to have a history of wheezing and 53 percent less likely to have doctor-confirmed asthma compared to mothers who ate an apple or not a week during pregnancy.
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