The study also suggests that such meals may interfere with the asthma medication, Ventolin, generically known as albuterol.
Australian researchers conducted the study with 40 asthma patients. Some received a high-fat, high-calorie meal of fast food hamburgers and hash browns. The meals contained about 1,000 calories, 52 percent of which was fat.
Other asthma patients ate low-fat, low-calorie meals of reduced fat yogurt, containing about 200 calories and 13 percent fat.
Researchers say this is the first study that shows that high-fat meals increase airway inflammation. Results showed that the high-fat meals suppressed the effectiveness of the asthma medication for three to four hours.
Asthma has increased dramatically in western countries in recent decades, suggesting that environmental