Processed meat may aggravate asthma: study

Processed meat may aggravate asthma: study

Regular consumption of processed meats like sausages, salami and ham may be bad for people with asthma as it can aggravate the condition, a new study suggested.

A tem of researchers studied the cases of as many as 1,000 French individuals, and found that a preservative known as nitrite used in cured or processed meats was aggravating the airways, making the condition of asthma more problematic for the patients.

Individuals who consumed more than four portions per week - 4 sausages or 8 slices of ham for example – were found to be suffering the largest deterioration of their condition of asthma by the end of the research.

The British Dietetic Association’s Catherine Collins suggested a varied and Mediterranean-style diet containing a lot of fresh produce, for both people with asthma and others.

Dr. Erika Kennington, Head of Research at Asthma UK, suggested, “For most people with asthma, healthy eating advice is exactly the same as it is for everyone else: follow a balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh and unprocessed food and is low in sugar, salt and saturated fat.”

However, the researchers admitted that they couldn’t find any direct link between consumption of processed meat and aggravation of asthma, pointing to need for a further investigation.

The alarming findings of the new study were reported in the most recent issue of the journal Thorax.