Fatty foods found to worsen asthma symptoms

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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

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