Milk isn't just for healthy bones anymore. According to a
recent study, the consumption of milk fat may also be associated
with a reduced risk of asthma in preschool children. Researchers
data related to food consumption of 2,978 two-year-olds then
compared the frequency of asthma symptoms in the same children
at age of three. The children who consumed full cream milk
and butter daily had a lower incidence of asthma-related symptoms
than those who did not.
Among the milk drinkers, only 3.4 percent displayed symptoms
of asthma compared to 5.6 percent in the non-milk group, and
1.5 percent among daily butter consumers compared to 5.1 percent
that did not. What's more, children who consumed milk products
daily were less likely to wheeze than the others.
This is good news, considering that an estimated 17 million
Americans have asthma, with as many as 10-12 percent of those
being children. With symptoms ranging from shortness of breath
and chest pain to chronic coughing, battling asthma can be
difficult and frustrating, especially for little tykes.
If your little one has asthma, or is at risk for developing
the condition, try increasing their whole milk consumption.
In addition to helping reduce their risk for asthma attacks,
they'll benefit from the many vitamins and nutrients essential
to healthy growth, including calcium, protein, vitamins A,
B-12 and D, potassium, phosphorus, niacin and riboflavin.
Wijga AH, Smit HA, Kerkhof M, et al. Association
of consumption of products containing milk fat with reduces
asthma risk in preschool children: the PIAMA birth cohort
study. Thorax (2003):58, pp 567-72.
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