Eating oily fish may help keeping nasal allergies at bay for kids, claims a new study. Diana Di Fabio of the Cleveland Clinic Children said that it is possible that fish consumption might help prevent the development of rhinitis.
A healthy diet complete with a variety of items from all food groups may have a similar effect in promoting general wellbeing. Fabio said that fish consumption at the age of eight may simply serve as an indicator of high dietary quality. She added that children, who were likelier to consume those foods, also had a more adventurous palate and were likelier to consume a balanced diet.
In the study, parents and kids completed questionnaires detailing how often the children consumed 98 foods and beverages common in Sweden and for fish; they were asked specifically about oily varieties such as herring, mackerel and salmon, as well as less oily alternatives like codfish, Pollock, pike, tuna and fish fingers.
Nineteen percent of the children did have symptoms of rhinitis, such as sneezing or runny nose or eye symptoms in contact with furry pets or pollens after age four. Twenty-one percent of them developed allergic rhinitis and 15 percent developed non-allergic rhinitis by age 16, among the 1,590 children who didn't have rhinitis symptoms at age eight. The study revealed that eating oily fish was linked to a drop in risk of allergic rhinitis by roughly half.