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Low Fruit Consumption Tied to Asthma Risk

According to researchers, those consuming small amounts of fruit and vitamin C are considerably more likely to suffer from symptomatic asthma. Research participants who ate at least 46.3 grams of citrus daily were half as likely to suffer from asthma with symptoms compared to participants who consumed no citrus fruit. Also, a lower intake of both vitamin C and manganese were linked to an increased risk of symptomatic asthma. It should be noted that study findings do not support the notion that those with less symptoms were simply living an overall healthier lifestyle as all study participants consumed similar amounts of calories and fat and showed similar levels of physical activity, education, and likelihood of having smoked in the past.

Source: Thorax, May 2006.