Pregnant women: Eat apple to reduce asthma & wheezing for babies!

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Eating an apple a day during pregnancy will not only keep the doctor away for expecting mums, but it can also help lower the risk of their kids developing asthma and wheezing.

The finding is based on a study published in the September issue of the journal Thorax in which researchers found that when women ate apples during pregnancy, their offspring tended to have a significantly lower risk of asthma and wheezing when they reached the age of five.


As a part of their study, the researchers followed 1253 motherchild pairs and studied their dietary intake. The study also backs up the findings of an earlier study published in the European Respiratory Journal in June this year that found a link between apple juice consumption and a reduction in wheezing among children.


Among children who experienced what was characterised as “current wheeze” (where the child had wheezing or whistling in the chest in the last 12 months), there was a significant, dose response association between consumption of apple juice and a reduced incidence of the wheezing.


The researchers found that drinking apple juice made from concentrate and consumption of bananas one or more times a day (compared to drinking apple juice or eating bananas less than once a month) was directly associated with improvement of wheezing occurrences.


Authors of the Thorax paper suggest that apples help kids because they have a powerful phytochemical content, which includes flavonoids, isoflavonoids, and phenolic acids.


(Source: Bombay Times)
 

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Hi Deepa,
My brother case was completely opposite to the topic. If he eats apple, he gets cold which results in wheezing. Increased wheezing may result in asthma. Asthma is due to allergic reaction in the body. Some may get asthma/wheezing due to apple and some may not. Pollen grains from flower, colors and preservatives added in foods, candies and chocolates are the major allergic causing agents. People suffering from wheezing needs to undergo special blood test to find the foods allergic to their body. My brother suffered from wheezing . He didn't have asthma. He underwent similar test . Once he avoided those foods, wheezing stopped.His health has come to stage where higher intake of allergic food causes wheezing.Otherwise , he is normal.
 

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Hi Deepa,
My brother case was completely opposite to the topic. If he eats apple, he gets cold which results in wheezing. Increased wheezing may result in asthma. Asthma is due to allergic reaction in the body. Some may get asthma/wheezing due to apple and some may not. Pollen grains from flower, colors and preservatives added in foods, candies and chocolates are the major allergic causing agents. People suffering from wheezing needs to undergo special blood test to find the foods allergic to their body. My brother suffered from wheezing . He didn't have asthma. He underwent similar test . Once he avoided those foods, wheezing stopped.His health has come to stage where higher intake of allergic food causes wheezing.Otherwise , he is normal.

Hi! Thanks for ur comments:) It will be helpful for many to identify that apple may be a cause for wheezing...

But the article here is prescribing Pregnant women to eat apples, so that the baby in future doesnt get wheezing.
 

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