A New Zealand study shows that hay fever and asthma sufferers could get some relief from a change in diet.
Researchers at the Auckland University measured two types of white blood cells involved in allergic responses, by monitoring asthma and hay fever sufferers for four hours after eating.
Associate Professor Peter Black said the study revealed that the cells involved in allergic responses increased in the blood after meals high in saturated fats were consumed.
Statistical data show that one tenth of all 13-year-olds experience breathing problems in New Zealand and since 1960 asthma has increased by 10 percent in all adults.
According to Dr Black, New Zealand is now better at treating asthma and less people are now admitted to hospital for allergy symptoms.