As if there weren’t already enough reasons to limit your intake of fast food, now a recent study links that hamburger and fries from the drive-through to an increased risk of asthma, eczema, and rhinitis in teens and children.  According to the very extensive study, “Eating fast food meals at least three times a week was linked to a 39% increased risk of severe asthma in teenagers and a 27% increased risk among children between ages six and seven” (Sifferlin, par. 5).

The good news?  Eating fruits can help reduce the incidence of these same symptoms!  The study found an 11% decrease in severe symptoms in teens and 14% decrease in kids when they ate three or more servings of fruit. 

So pack those apple slices and almond butter for a snack, throw that delicious mandarin orange into the lunch box, and serve fruit as dessert!  Your children will thank you for it.