Sneeze-Proof Your Diet

Relief may be in your salad dressing

Researchers in Japan have linked two upward trends identical to those in the US: hay fever prevalence and high omega-6 vegetable oil intake. A study of 1,012 women showed that the more omega-6 fats you eat, the greater the chance that you'll suffer hay fever's sneezing, itching, and congestion (Annals of epidemiology, Jan 2000).

To avoid hay fever-promoting omega-6 fats, eat fewer soybean, corn, cottonseed, safflower, and sunflower oils. Here's how: When you shop for salad dressings, margarine, mayonnaise, and oils for cooking and baking, look for products made from olive or canola oil. Both oils have more monounsaturated fats than omega-6s. Canola oil has omega-3s as well.



By Holly McCord, RD

with Gloria McVeigh

Holly McCord is Prevention's nutrition editor.

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