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Mediterrenean diet protects against allergy

Women who adhere to a Mediterrenean diet during pregnancy have children who are at reduced risk of developing symptoms of asthma and allergic disease, according to Spanish researchers.

The study recruited women presenting for antenatal care in general practice on the island of Menorca, assessing diets and allergic symptoms of mothers, and of 460 children included over 6.5 years of follow-up.

After adjustment for potential confounders, a Mediterranean diet reduced the risk of persistent wheeze by 78%, atopic wheeze by 70% and atopy by 45%.

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