An apple a day may help expectant mothers prevent their children from developing asthma later in life, according to a compelling new study published on Thorax Online.
The study tracked dietary intake of nearly 2000 pregnant women to examine the effet of the maternal diet on airway development in their children five years after birth. Mothers who ate apples had a significantly reduced risk for the development of asthma or wheezing in their children.
Researchers also discovered that children of mothers who ate fish during pregnancy had a lower incidence of eczema.
The paper notes that ‘intake of apples as a significant source of flavonoids and other polyphenols has been beneficially associated with asthma, bronchial hypersensitivity, and lung function in adults.’