Apples and Lung Health

Research from the UK reports that children of mothers who eat apples during pregnancy are less likely to present symptoms of asthma, including wheezing.  The study tracked the dietary intake of 1,200 pregnant women and examined the effects if the maternal diet on airway development in their children five years later.  The women kept a food diary of all the foods they consumed and apples were the only food found to have a positive association with a reduced risk of asthma.  Source: Thorax, March 2007.

Australian researchers studying the relationship between diet and asthma report that eating apples and pears appear to provide the best protection.  The study included 1,607 young adults’ ages 20-44 years old; study participants who ate apples and pears had the lowest risk for asthma.  Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, September 2003.

British researchers report that those who eat apples have better lung function than non apple eaters.  The looked at the capacity of lungs by measurement of forced expiratory volume.  Researchers at London’s St. George’s Hospital found a strong association between lung function and the number of apples eaten each week after analyzing dietary records and health outcomes from 2,512 men studied for five years. Researchers summarized the healthful effect may be due to antioxidants in apples. Source: Thorax, 2000.