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October 10, 2018 • Healthy Living

Fast Food & Asthma/ Allergies

Past studies have linked fast food to a litany of adverse health outcomes including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, depression, and lower IQ. Can it get any worse!? Apparently so. It appears we can now add asthma and allergic diseases to fast food’s list of dubious distinctions.
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For this first of its kind report, researchers combined the data from 16 formerly published studies examining the relationships between fast food consumption and rates of asthma, wheezing, hay fever and other allergic manifestations.
The results? Study subjects consuming the most fast food, defined as three or more times a week, were up to 50 percent more likely to experience active asthma, severe eczema, and severe hay fever (allergic rhino-conjunctivitis) relative to those that infrequently consumed fast food. Hamburgers stood out as the most common food linked to these conditions and in a dose-dependent fashion, which further strengthens the study’s findings. (Respirology, 2018; DOI: 10.1111/resp.13339)
Bottom line: Consume fast food at your own peril.
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