Latest News on Kids & Asthma Might Make You Change Your Dinner Plans

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burger and friesIt's heartbreaking watching your child suffer with asthma. I know from personal experience. So I am always looking for new information on the medical issue, and the latest took me by surprise. According to researchers, children who eat junk food three times a week have the worst cases of asthma and eczema. The findings are worrisome, to be sure. But there is good news within all of this too.

The asthma rate has doubled in the last 20 years (nine million kids suffer with it in the U.S.) and these experts believe that it may be because kids eat less natural foods these days. They also noticed a steady decline in certain vitamins and minerals while consumption of fats and processed foods rose dramatically. If the illness is really diet-related, that means the problem is fixable -- or at the very least can be made less severe by changing eating habits.

Easier said then done, right. Some kids are so picky, we are just happy to get them to eat anything, even nuggets and pizza. But I think there is a way for those foods to move away from the mainstay of children's meals. And with this new research, it is more important than ever. I am trying to teach my son at 4 years old how to make smart food choices. I am no nutrition saint. He gets fast food, but only for one meal on one weekend day. That way, he thinks of it as a treat as opposed to something he should be able to have every day or with more frequency. And because he is not totally deprived, he doesn't beg or whine for it. 

I also make him a part of our meal planning. I make sure to include foods and flavors he likes and I tell him that healthy foods will make him big and strong like Superman (we have a superhero obsession in my house right now). My hope is that starting good eating habits and developing a healthy relationship with food will better prepare him to make smart choices as he gets older and eating on his own.

Do you think there is a link between asthma and fast food? Do you let your kids eat fast food?

 

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corri... corrinacs

Absolutely.  I just took fast food completely out of his diet.  Many times, asthma is caused by allergens, and food allergies can be a culprit.  The truth is, you can't tell what chemicals these places put into thier food.......thier ingredients lists are so indecipherable its rediculous :/.  So, we just refuse to eat there.  My baby can't eat there anyway due to his allergens.....and the chance of cross-contamination is really high.


We've gone organic and since then my older son's been healthier than he ever has been.  There's actually been studies about food allergic children and non-organic foods.

JZ10FPM JZ10FPM

Yes. My son is on a low acid diet and takes acid blockers for his reflux as directed byhis ENT doctor. Since then, three of his other health professionals have toldus about the link between silent acid reflux(the kind my son has) and insthma. A lot of junky foods are on his 'no' list, so we eat fast food infrequently.

butte... butterflyfreak

It's not just fast-food. It's all the pre-packaged "convenience" foods that are all calories with no nutritional value. Cooking from scratch is a wonderful way to improve your family's health. I know it's not always easy, with single-parents and families where both parents have to work. But there are so many ways to prep and cook foods in advance for more convenience. Washing and cutting fruits and vegetables and cooking double batches of meals that freeze well, just for two examples. And it's SO much cheaper in the long run when you cook from scratch versus the pre-packaged meals.

Mrs.S... Mrs.Sellers778

I think most processed, pre packaged foods are  NOT FOOD. It's grosse. Kids will eat what their parents eat! Lead by example and make dinner you lazy lazys! lol. But really my son and daughter DEVOUR healthy foods! It's because that is what they are used too!!! I don't think the occasional mc nugget run will kill them but it should NOT be a weekly thing. Once a month at most in our house!

bills... billsfan1104

I think because of fast food and the processed foods in the stores is why we are starting to see all these illnesses, like cancer, autism, and so forth.

tuffy... tuffymama

Read any reviews from users about the GAPS Diet, the "Autism Diet," or eating to heal hormonal imbalance, depression, OCD, and so on, and there be at least one mention of reducing asthma symptoms. It's because asthma due to diet can be reduced or cured so easily.



A great cure for diet or exposure induced asthma is clean diet and krill oil, 500-1000 mg/day. D3 and K2 from MK-7 help, too.

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