Oily Fish Can Help Reduce Allergy Risks in Children

October 3, 2015

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. reduce /rɪˈdus/ (v.) – to lower the amount of something
Example: I stopped eating fast food to reduce my weight.

2. risk /rɪsk/ (n.) – the chance or possibility that something bad or dangerous will happen
Example: Some experts say that eating oatmeal lowers the risk of having a heart attack.

3. inflamed /ɪnˈfleɪmd/ (adj.) – swollen and reddish
Example: I went to the dentist because my gums were inflamed

4. consume /kənˈsum/ (v.) – to eat or drink
Example: The patient needs to consume fruits in every meal.  

5. aid /eɪd/ (v.) – to help make something happen
Example: Carrots aid in improving eyesight.


Read the text below.
Eating oily fish can help reduce the risk of having allergic rhinitis [rahy-NAHY-tis], study finds. Allergic rhinitis is a condition wherein the inside of a person’s nose becomes inflamed due to allergens like dust, pollen, mold, and animal skin particles.

The study conducted by the Karolinska [kar-uh-LIN-ska] Institute involved parents and their children. They answered questionnaires on how frequently the children ate some common food and beverages. They also answered questions about the types of oily fish, as well as the less oily ones, that the children consumed. Finally, the parents were asked if their children showed symptoms of nonallergic rhinitis—the type that is not caused by allergens—after the age of four.

Results show that children who eat fish that is rich in oil have a lesser chance of having allergic rhinitis when they get older than those who do not. Out of the 1,590 children who were symptom-free from nonallergic rhinitis at eight years old, only 21% acquired allergic rhinitis later on.

While the researchers did not find a connection between the consumption of fish and the development of nonallergic rhinitis from ages 8 to 16, they concluded that eating oily fish can specifically lessen one’s risk of having allergic rhinitis by around 50%.

Aside from reducing the risks of allergic rhinitis, consuming oily fish has other health benefits. According to an article by Medical News Today, eating oily fish helps prevent cardiovascular diseases. This is because oily fish is rich in Omega-3, a type of fatty acid that combats the negative effects of stress on the heart. Aside from that, eating oily fish can also aid in preventing certain types of cancers.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         What ways of relieving allergies do you know of?
·         Should experts put more effort into allergy prevention? Please state your reasons.

Discussion B

·         What are examples of food that prevent illnesses?
·         What healthy food do you rarely eat? Why?

October 3, 2015