it's spreading

2019-03-06 07:03:01

By Emma Young CAMPAIGNS to reduce heart disease by promoting polyunsaturated margarines and cooking oils could be partly responsible for the recent dramatic increase in childhood asthma in the developed world, say researchers in Australia. They have found that a diet high in polyunsaturated fats more than doubles a child’s risk of asthma. Polyunsaturated fats contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, which can increase inflammation. This is one possible explanation for the link with asthma, says a team led by Michelle Haby of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. “But at this stage, children should not be changing their diet,