Foods that Can Cause Asthma

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 18, 2018
Quick Bites

  • Food can cause a potentially fatal reaction to the lungs
  • Eggs, peanuts and milk products have been known to trigger asthma
  • Food preservatives can also increase risk of asthma
  • This is why knowing the triggers is critical in asthma management

There is not one specific cause of asthma, it can be caused due to different reasons. The common ground of the asthma symptom in all patients is the inflammation or narrowing of airways when coming in contact with an asthma trigger.

Only some people are aware that what they eat or do not eat has a good or bad impact on the condition of their asthma. There are foods that lead to asthma attack because people are allergic to them, and there are some that are just bad for their asthma in any case and make all asthmatics more susceptible to an attack.

Food allergies generally do not lead to an asthma attack, but the serious and potentially fatal reaction can be expected from the food that you eat with your condition. The most common foods that have been observed to be allergic for people are:

  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Milk
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Shrimp and other shellfish
  • Fish
  • Fresh Fruits and Salads

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Food preservatives can also increase the risk of asthma. Sulfite additives, such as sodium sulphite, potassium bisulfite, sodium metabisulfite, sodium bisulfite and potassium metabisulfite are common ingredients for food processing and preparation that can trigger an asthma attack in people who are vulnerable to it.

From the above, it is clear that asthma patients not only have asthma trigger risk certain foods but they also with what food manufacturers mix in the foods, i.e. food additives. There are many food additives that can bring about the asthma attack such as, Tartrazine, Sulphites, Salicylates, Sodium Benzoate and some others mentioned above. The regular foods are not bad in themselves but for asthma sufferers, they can act as asthma trigger because of their allergy to these foods. The allergic reaction may lead to swelling of bronchial tubes too, production of extra mucus, or any other effect that triggers an asthma attack.

The worst part of these asthma attacks caused by foods is that it is unique to each and every asthma patient. They need to find out the foods that can lead to an asthma attack and stay away from these. They can do so by maintaining a diary of what they ate, and whether it reacted in their body to give a bad feeling or not. You would be able to narrow down on the kind of foods that bring about a bad feeling in you, and they are most likely to be the culprits.

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