Read this first before you hit up your next fast food joint. Fast food is super convenient when you've had a long, hard day at work or when your kids have so many activities that a healthy, sit down meal just isn't possible. But do you know what fast food is doing to your kids? Well, according to a recent health study, fast food in-take is linked to asthma in children. So, put down that double cheeseburger and read on to find out why you shouldn't go to that drive thru.
New research from New Zealand, published in Thorax: An International Journal of Respiratory Medicine, found that there is a link between fast food and asthma in children. They looked at 319,196 teenagers from ages 13 to 14, and 181,631 children from ages 6 to 7, and compared them with diagnoses for asthma, eczema, and nasal allergies.
They concluded that kids who ate fast food more than three times a week had a higher prevalence of asthma, while those eating fruits and vegetables at least three times a week had lower rates. In teenagers, asthma was also associated with higher intake of butter, margarine, and pasta.
The researchers pointed out that just because your child has fast food once in awhile, doesn't mean he or she will develop asthma. However, obese children are at a much higher risk for asthma. Researchers also note this study is still in the preliminary stages of their findings but the results, aren't really all that shocking.
It all goes back to moderation. Johnny can have a cheeseburger once in awhile but it shouldn't be a frequent occurrence. If you know there will be no time in the day to prepare a healthy, home cooked meal, plan it out and make dinner the night before.
When you and the rest of the gang get home from work and school, you can simply pop your dinner into the oven. If you don’t have a slow cooker- you should. These can be a lifesaver. There's a ton of healthy recipes online and in books. Let your dinner cook itself while you do other work.