4 foods to avoid if you have asthma
Many things can trigger your asthma, including the foods you eat. Oh no, foods can trigger asthma? Unfortunately, that is true. So, what foods you should avoid? Check out this article and ask your doctor. Be careful.
Foods containing sulfites
Sulfites, such as sulfur dioxide, are used to prevent dried fruits from losing their colors, reduce the growth of bacteria, and soften fruits. Some people may experience some mild side effects such as hives. Some others may suffer from breathing difficulties and shock, low blood pressure, stomach pain or diarrhea.
When it comes to asthmatic patients, adverse reactions after eating dried fruits containing sulfites are more likely to occur.
Sulfites can be found in dried fruits (cranberries, apricots, raisins, pineapples), packaged and prepared potatoes, wine, beer, tea, juices, beaked goods, jam, dried soup mix and shrimps. Check the labels on the foods before you buy and avoid those containing sodium sulfite, sulfur dioxide, sodium bisulfite, potassium bisulfite, sodium metabisulfite and potassium metabisulfite.
Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are known as common triggers of asthma. The texture of these products can worsen congestion and increase mucus. Dairy products that are high in fat (for example, 100% fat milk) can contribute to inflammation. However, milk and other milk products are good for your health if consumed properly. Choose frozen yogurt, creamy soups, or ice cream. Ask your doctor if dairy products are suitable for you.
Studies have shown that eating processed meat such as sausages, ham and bacon can make your asthma worse. They suggest that a food preservative called nitrite found in processed meat can exacerbate the airways. These foods sometimes contain saturated fats, and sodium. Saturated fats and sodium can contribute to your asthma.
You should eat fish or skinless poultry instead of processed meat and fatty meats. Fish and poultry are healthier sources of protein.
Foods containing too much salt
Salt, or sodium, can be used to add taste to foods, keep them in good condition and last longer. However, excessive salt intake can worsen asthma and trigger asthma attacks. Recommended salt intake is 2,300 milligrams or less. You should also choose foods that labeled ‘sodium-free’ or ‘low sodium’. Avoid foods that are high in sodium such as pretzels, cheeses, canned salted foods (fish, vegetables), potatoes chips, crackers. Eat as less sodium as you can. This can also reduce your risk of high blood pressure, heart diseases, strokes, bone disorders, kidney diseases and several other health problems.
Asthma can be triggered by some types of foods. However, do not worry, you can control this situation. Ask your doctor about potential triggers and take note of what you eat. For example, if an asthma attack comes after you consume something, write down the name of foods, and your symptoms. – hello DOKTOR