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Allergen Alert Per Today's MSN

Ran across the following article (ok, word-bites) on the front page of MSN.com. It’s an … um … “interesting” take on mainstream nutrition concepts.

Allergy-Provoking Nutrients
By Rick Ansorge, Eric Metcalf and the Editors of Prevention Health Books

Just as some things in your diet can help to alleviate your allergy or asthma symptoms, others might be linked to worsened symptoms. Try to decrease your consumption of the following foods that can promote inflammation.

Milk and Cheese
Milk protein is a common irritant of the immune system.

Omega-6 Fatty Acids
Although you need some of these acids for good health, they can intensify inflammation and other immune responses. Foods that are high in omega-6s include cottonseed, corn, and sunflower oils and processed foods such as mayonnaise and salad dressings.

It should account for no more than 10 percent of your daily caloric intake. Observe the recommended daily allowance of no more than 50 g.

Saturated Fats
Whether they come from plant or animal sources, they trigger the release of inflammatory chemicals.

Trans Fats
Rates of asthma and allergies in teens are highest in countries where people eat the most trans fats. Avoid products that contain partially hydrogenated oil.