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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The association between margarine and allergies in young adults

This study was published in the Annals of Epidemiology 2005 Mar;15(3):207-13

Study title and authors:
Margarine consumption, asthma, and allergy in young adults: results of the German National Health Survey 1998.
Bolte G, Winkler G, Hölscher B, Thefeld W, Weiland SK, Heinrich J.
Department of Epidemiology, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany. gabrielbolte@lgl.bayern.de

This study can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15723766

This study of 7,124 adults examined whether frequent intake of margarine or butter is associated with allergy prevalence in adults.

The study found in young adults aged 18 to 29:
(a) Those who had a frequent intake of margarine had a 133% increased risk of currently having asthma compared to those who had a frequent intake of butter.
(b) Those who had a frequent intake of margarine had a 15% increased risk of having hay fever compared to those who had a frequent intake of butter.
(c) Those who had a frequent intake of margarine had a 17% increased risk of having atopic dermatitis (a type of eczema) compared to those who had a frequent intake of butter.