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Diet plays an important role in children's growth and development. But what type of diet plan you are following for your family health is crucial.
A healthy diet should contain all the necessary nutrients and in correct amounts.
Nutrition for kids is based on the same principle as nutrition for adults. They need the same types of nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
A new research has found that substances present in cooked meats are associated with increased wheezing in children.
Their study, published in the journal Thorax, highlights pro-inflammatory compounds called advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) as an example of early dietary risk factors that may have broad clinical and public health implications for the prevention of inflammatory airway disease.
"Research identifying dietary factors that influence respiratory symptoms in children is important, as these risks are potentially modifiable and can help guide health recommendations," said senior study author Sonali Bose, Assistant Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.
"Our findings will hopefully inform future longitudinal studies to further investigate whether these specific dietary components play a role in childhood airways diseases such as asthma."
The researchers used NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) data to evaluate associations between dietary advanced glycation end-products and meat consumption frequencies, and respiratory symptoms.
They found that higher advanced glycation end-products intake was significantly associated with increased odds of wheezing, importantly including wheezing that disrupted sleep and exercise, and that required prescription medication.
Similarly, a higher intake of non-seafood meats was associated with wheeze-disrupted sleep and wheezing that required prescription medication.
"We found that higher consumption of dietary advanced glycation end-products, which are largely derived from intake of non-seafood meats, was associated with increased risk of wheezing in children, regardless of overall diet quality or an established diagnosis of asthma," said Jing Gennie Wang, lead author of the study, and a former fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Your children should consume a variety of foods from the five major food groups. Each food group supplies important nutrients, including vitamins and minerals.
Researchers found that telling children about the benefits of certain foods may get them to eat healthier rather than just giving them a healthy food choice without explanation.
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