Processed Meat Could Make Asthma Worse

Posted: Dec 21 2016, 5:15am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Processed Meat Could Make Asthma Worse
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  • Those People who have Asthma ought to Refrain from eating Cured Meats

A novel study shows that those people who have asthma ought to refrain from eating cured meats.

Asthma sufferers should avoid cured meats such as ham and salami. That is because regular consumption of cured meats leads to the respiratory system going into overdrive.

The research was published in the journal Thorax.

The health and nutrition of 971 adults, 42% of which had asthma, was monitored. Their health was gauged between 2003 and 2007 and also between 2011 and 2013. Those who ate more than 4 servings of cured meats a week had 76% higher chances of experiencing asthma.

Those who ate only one serving per week didn’t face these symptoms. These negative health effects are probably caused by nitrites in cured meats. These nitrite preservatives are what the cured meats are packed with so as to keep them from spoiling.

They have been implicated in various serious diseases such as cancer. Also airway inflammation is aggravated due to these nitrites thereby worsening asthma symptoms. Yet what has been found so far is just an association. It is not something final and 100% valid.

It is nevertheless a safety measure to restrict these cured meats since they cause health problems in the long run. Everything from heart disease to type 2 diabetes and from cancer to COPD are due to eating cured meats.

The American Cancer Society recommends that consumers limit the consumption of processed meats. Most of them are suspected to be carcinogenic.

Even WHO has said in its report on the matter that processed meats are as bad as smoking. Thus sales of sausages and bacon have gone down due to this report. As people increased their cured meat consumption, their asthmatic conditions also worsened.

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