Researchers have found that children eating a Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of developing asthma in comparison to those eating three or more burgers a week.
Researchers examined eating habits of around 50,000 children from 20 countries and have found that eating fruit, vegetables and fish appeared to protects against asthma.
The study looked at the eating habits of children from both wealthy and poorer countries between 1995 and 2005, asking the parents about their children’s diets and whether they had been diagnosed with asthma or suffered from wheezing.
The effects of the diets varied depending on where they lived with fruit and vegetables appearing to be more protective in poorer parts of the world and eating lots of fish was more helpful in richer countries.
Asthma and wheezing was strongly linked to those who ate three or more burgers a week but this was only the case in wealthier countries.
Dr Elaine Vickers from Asthma UK has advised parents to make sure children are eating a healthy and balanced diet in combination with plenty of exercise and activities.