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An article in the medical journal Allergy says that New Zealand researchers have concluded that eating more than one fast food hamburger a week can double the risk of a child contracting asthma.

The Wellington Asthma Research Group has for three decades been probing the increase in allergic diseases, and believes that the increase is linked to the increase in fast food consumption.

The scientists believe that the health problems actually are being caused by high levels of salt in the fast food burgers.

Ironically, earlier this week the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has filed a petition with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking that the federal government require manufacturers to reduce the amount of sodium in processed foods, to require health advisories on packaged foods containing sodium, and to revoke sodium’s official status as a “safe” ingredient in food.
KC's View:
It has to be noted that there are higher asthma rates in New Zealand than in most other countries. We always thought it was the sheep.