• Dried fruit
• Processed potatoes
In addition to such asthma triggers as sulfites in the diet, food allergies also may increase the risk of asthma attacks, although this is less common. Still, being alert to food allergies and any effects on your asthma is important, as this will allow you to best manage your condition. This is now more important than ever, as experts say food allergies appear to be on the rise, as do the severity of symptoms seen with food allergies. The increase in food allergies can be attributed to various factors, including eating more allergy-inducing foods, such as tree nuts, fish, milk, eggs and soy, eating out more often, and eating more processed food.
In addition to foods containing sulfites, common allergy-causing foods that may interfere with asthma management are:
• Tree nuts
The only treatment for a food allergy is to avoid the food. But it helps to think about what you can eat instead of what you can’t. The best advice for people who suffer from food allergies is to prepare food yourself and not rely on convenience or prepackaged food. This will also help steer you toward a healthier diet overall, as convenience and packaged items are often high in saturated fat and sugar, and low in vitamins and other nutrients. A well-balanced diet that is rich in fresh and wholesome foods is important to your overall health and to your asthma management as well. And don’t forget to drink enough water.