The Asthma Diet: What Food To Eat and Avoid

Could your diet be affecting your asthma symptoms? Use our guide below outlining which foods to include and which foods to avoid in your diet to help reduce the intensity of asthma symptoms.

Published: Wednesday 01 September 2021

Infographic of foods to include and avoid as part of an asthma diet

What is the Mediterranean diet?

The Mediterranean diet was traditionally eaten in Greece and Italy for the duration of the last century and has become an increasingly popular diet due to the host of health benefits it brings. Multiple studies have shown that adopting this diet has long term health benefits like lowering the risk of strokes, heart attacks, diabetes as well as even contributing to weight loss[1,2]. The Mediterranean diet has a low proportion of harmful fats that are mainly replaced by healthy fats sourced from olive oil and nuts, while also bursting with healthy elements and vitamins[3].

When it comes to asthma management, the Mediterranean diet is an effective option as it omits foods which are linked with triggering asthma; usually foods that have a high fat content. Foods that are specifically recommended for better asthma symptom management are the staple foods of the Mediterranean diet, which tend to include a higher intake of fruit and vegetables, fish and seafood as well as nuts, grains and seeds.

Furthermore, the Mediterranean diet is highly palatable, with many of the essential food components available in most common stores and online. If you’re looking to try new ways to improve your asthma management, why not give the asthma diet a go.

Toby Watson

Authored by Toby Watson

Pharmica Medical Writer

Toby (BSc) is an experienced medical writer, producing educational articles on many areas of health including sexual health, fitness, nutrition and mental health.

He particularly enjoys debunking misconceptions around heath conditions and their treatments, researching each topic in detail and writing easily-accessible content.

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