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Fatty foods found to worsen asthma symptoms

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

May 17, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new study suggests asthma patients should avoid high-fat meals because such foods may inflame airways.

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