Eating four or more apples a week during pregnancy appeared to lower the risk of asthma in the women's children, according to a study in Thorax. For the research, scientists tracked the eating habits of more than 1,200 pregnant women and the
Among a wide variety of foods eaten and recorded by the pregnant women, only apple consumption showed a consistent protective association with the occurrence of childhood wheeze and asthma, according to the team's report published in the medical journal Thorax. This is a novel finding, Willers and colleagues note.
A new study suggests that women who eat apples while pregnant may protect their child from developing asthma and related symptoms.
In the study, researchers from The Netherlands and Scotland led by S. M. Willers of Utrecht University tracked the diets of nearly 2,000 pregnant women and checked the lung health of 1,253 of their children.
At age 5 years, 162 children (12.9 percent) had a bout of wheezing in the past year and 145 (11.6 percent) had doctor-confirmed asthma.
The researchers found that children of moms who munched on more than 4 apples per week were 37 percent less likely to have a history of wheezing and 53 percent less likely to have doctor-confirmed asthma, compared to moms who ate one or no apples per week while pregnant.
Apples Protect Against Asthma
The study, published in Thorax, compared the relationship between what mothers ate during pregnancy and rates of childhood asthma and wheezing in more than 1,200 women and their children.
The results showed apples were the only food associated with a reduced risk of asthma and wheezing in children. Children of mothers who ate the most apples (more than four a week) had a 27% lower risk of ever wheezing and about half the risk of childhood asthma than those who ate the least (0-1 a week).
The study also showed that drinking apple juice made from concentrate and eating one or more bananas a day was associated with improved wheezing occurrences.