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Asthma & Dairy

It’s a common theory that dairy can have a negative impact on people living with asthma and even trigger asthma symptoms.

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There is little scientific evidence to support this myth. The Australian Asthma Handbook does not recommend eliminating dairy as a strategy for improving asthma control in people without proven allergies or intolerances to dairy foods. In fact, research has found that milk and other dairy foods do not increase mucus. Dairy is an important part of the diet for growth and bone health, and most Australians are not consuming enough.

People with asthma should focus on eating a balanced diet (including dairy). You should aim for five serves of vegetables and two serves of fruit every day. This may reduce your risk of an asthma flare-up compared to a diet with fewer fruits and vegetables. Try to limit take-away and processed foods. These foods are high in saturated fats, which promote inflammation and may increase your risk of poor asthma control.

If you are having difficulty with your asthma, please seek advice and support from your GP or call the 1800 ASTHMA Helpline (1800 278 462) and speak to one of our experienced Asthma Educators.

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