Foods That Are Bad For Asthma

Updated at: Apr 21, 2012
Foods That Are Bad For Asthma

Asthma and diet coincide. Therefore, to know the kind of foods that are bad for asthma can help an asthmatic cut down its symptoms and attacks.

Bhadra Kamalasanan
AsthmaWritten by: Bhadra KamalasananPublished at: Apr 02, 2012

Foods That Are Bad For Asthma

According to the researchers at the University of Michigan, Medical School, asthma sufferers must take steps to control their diet to control asthma symptoms or attacks. The researchers confirm the relationship between food and asthma. Here is a list of food that are bad for asthma:

Salty Food

Salty food can cause the asthma symptoms to transcend to a severe stage as per several researches done by Mayo Clinic. Food products such as pizza, processed cheese, meat, chips, French fries, whole grain breads, onion rings etc must be avoided, especially if you suffer from acute asthma. Use low-sodium flavourings such as salt-free seasoning blends, lemon juice and natural herbs.

White Bread

White bread, starchy food and carbohydrates offer very little nutritional value. According to the University of Michigan Medical School, asthmatics must replace white breads and other processed carbohydrates such as crackers, cookies etc with whole grain equivalents that add nutrients to the immune system. Besides, whole grain food equivalents of white bread will only enhance lung function.

Saturated Fat

Saturated fat is an unhealthy form of fat that is found in red meat, high-fat dairy products and fried food. The unhealthy fat, according to experts at Mayo Clinic, can weaken the immune system and trigger asthma attacks. Avoid food products such as steak, onion rings, hamburgers etc. Switch from unhealthy fat to healthy fat by introducing olive oil, nuts, canola oil, flax seeds and avocado in your diet.  Ensure that you consume the modest amount of fat in your meals as well as snacks.

Food that Cause Gas

According to the National Jewish Health Organization, eating food that cause bloating and fullness trigger asthma attacks. Some of such food as pointed by the organization include spicy food, sausage, broccoli, beans, cauliflower, melons, cabbage, peas, asparagus, peas and onions. Considering that most of the food sources mentioned above are healthy, you can cut one off after observing the impact its consumption has on your asthma symptoms.

Trans Fats

Trans fats are solid fats that must not be consumed by asthmatics. Solid fats are made by way of adding hydrogen to vegetable oil. Trans fats increase the risk of diabetes, heart diseases and other severe medical conditions. Trans fats are usually found in processed food such as packaged cookies, chips, doughnuts, pastries etc.

Other Tips

Make sure that whatever you eat is in moderate quantity. Do not overeat as that may give you a sense of fullness and build up gas.


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