Asthma and hay fever
are linked to high intake of meat in western diet. Excessive consumption of
meat increases the risk of asthma and hay fever.
cross-sectional study conducted by Richard Rosenkarnz of the University of
Western Sydney and his colleague have revealed that intake of meat can enhance
the risk of asthma and hay fever.
Australian men and women were enrolled in the study. It was noted that high
intake of meat was associated with 10 percent and 25 percent increase in
diagnosed cases of asthma (AS) and hay fever or asthma (HF/AS).
Male volunteers were
given diet containing either of the components: meat/cheese; fruits/vegetables;
poultry/seafood; grains/alcohol while female volunteers were given food
containing meat; fruits/vegetables; poultry/seafood; cereal/alcohol; brown bread/cheese.
The researchers found that meat was directly related with asthma. Even poultry
and seafood were found to increase the risk for ailments such as asthma or hay
However, brown bread
or cheese was found to protect women against asthma.
Rosenkarnz stated, "Looking at the analyses for both sexes,
diets generally high in meat, particularly diets marked by greater consumption
of poultry, seafood and red and processed meats in females, and diets marked by
greater amounts of red meat, processed meat, and cheese consumption in males,
appear to be risk factors for AS and AS/HF diagnosis in this population."
mentioned that a typical Western diet is poor in antioxidants and high in
saturated fats and calories, which makes the people susceptible for these
Dietary factors associated with lifetime asthma
or hayfever diagnosis in Australian middle-aged and older adults: a
cross-sectional study; Richard Rosenkarnz et al; Nutrition Journal 2012.