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Fast Food Negates Breastfeeding Benefits

January 27, 2009: 03:24 PM EST
Fast food can negate the beneficial effect of breastfeeding in preventing asthma in children. The links between breastfeeding and asthma are well known, but this study shows that children who eat fast food once or twice a week lose that benefit. A recent study shows there are links between fast food and asthma, breastfeeding and asthma, and all three together. Senior author Dr Anita Kozyrskyj, an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, says that her recent study shows that breastfeeding for too short a time was linked to a higher risk of asthma, and children who had been exclusively breastfed for 12 weeks or longer as infants had a lower risk. The lower risk was canceled out if the children ate fast food. The study did not reveal a cause, but the authors say the high fat and salt content may be to blame. Nutrition is only one of many factors thought to influence asthma.
Nutrition Horizon, "Fast-Food Diet Cancels Out Benefits of Breastfeeding in Preventing Asthma", January 27, 2009, © CNS Media
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