Meat makes kids wheeze

| Post published on April 6, 2021
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Cooked meat is linked to childhood asthma

Inflammatory compounds in cooked meat have been linked to childhood wheezing in a study published in Thorax. Over 4,000 children, aged between two and 17, took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) programme. They found that a higher intake of compounds called ‘advanced glycation end-products’ (AGEs) was linked to an increased risk of wheezing, so bad that it disrupted sleep and exercise and required prescription medication.
Higher intakes of meat were also linked to wheezing in the same way. AGEs are produced by high-temperature cooking, such as grilling, frying and roasting, and meat is a major dietary source. This may help explain the rise in asthma cases seen in recent decades in US children.

Wang JG, Liu B, Kroll F et al., 2020. Increased advanced glycation end product and meat consumption is associated with childhood wheeze: analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Thorax. Epub ahead of print.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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