Eating Apples during pregnancy helps protect children against allergic diseases and asthma, suggests a new study.
The study conducted by University of Aberdeen, UK, found that children of mothers, who ate plenty of apples during pregnancy, were less prone to wheezing or Asthma, in comparison to mothers who had hardly consumed apples.
The researchers carried out studies among 1212 children born to women who had filled up food questionnaires during their pregnancy period. Again once these children turned five, the mothers had to fill up another questionnaire about the children’s respiratory symptoms, allergies, and food consumption.
The children were also subjected to lung function test and allergy tests. The studies of these children showed evidence for protective effects of vitamin D and E and zinc during pregnancy, which reduces the risk of wheezing and asthma.
Researchers recommend that dietary modifications during pregnancy may help prevent childhood allergies, asthma and other respiratory symptoms. Researchers are also of the opinion that the powerful antioxidants present in apple, called flavonoids appears beneficial in protection against risk of Asthma.