Children who eat certain types of fish may be less likely to develop nasal allergies, according to a study from Sweden.
Researchers studied what children ate at age eight and then monitored whether they developed nasal inflammation due to allergies or colds by age 16. Regular consumption of oily fish like salmon was linked a reduced risk of allergic rhinitis, or inflammation of the mucus membrane inside nasal passages.
While it’s possible that fish consumption may help prevent the development of rhinitis, a healthydiet complete with a variety of items from all food groups may have a similar effect in promoting general wellbeing.
Children who are picky eaters may avoid foods high in omega-3 polyunsaturated fats including fish and seafood, walnuts, spinach and soybeans. Similarly, children who are more likely to consume those foods may also have a more adventurous palate and be more likely to consume a balanced diet.
Rhinitis is one of the most common chronic diseases in childhood.It’s possible that fish consumption during infancy, or how much fish mothers ate during pregnancy might have influenced the odds that children developed rhinitis later in life.