Vegetables and oily fish may protect children from allergies and asthma
A new study following children's diets as they grow up has found that vegetables and oily fish give protection against the development of asthma.
The study is published in the Journal of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and was carried out by researchers at University of Crete in Heraklion, Greece.
The researchers followed 460 children for the first six and half years of their lives, monitoring their diets and recording the development of allergies. The information was gathered by periodic interviews with the children's parents.
The main findings from the study showed that allergies were less common in children who ate the most fish. In addition, asthma rates were reduced in kids who consumed a lot of vegetables, most notably tomatoes, eggplants and green beans.