Trans fatty acids, asthma, allergies

Earlier studies have shown an association between the consumption of trans fatty acids and asthma. The authors of this report studied trans fatty acid consumption as opposed to cis fatty acids. Trans fatty acids are found in animal and dairy products and in hydrogenated vegetable fats such as margarine.

They compared trans fatty acid consumption and allergic symptoms in 14 European countries, and discovered a positive association between trans fatty acid consumption and asthma, allergic rhinoconjunctivitis and atopic eczema incidence.

Trans fatty acids are common in commercial bakery products such as biscuits, cakes and chips and in cooking oils. (The Lancet 353:2040-2041, June 12, 1999)
Copyright 1999 Phylis A Austin

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