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Diet Plan for Asthma

A healthy and nutritious diet is a key to maintain overall health. Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which airways get inflamed, produce more mucus thus, make breathing difficult and triggers breathlessness. Some people are allergic to certain food items and environmental changes and this can trigger asthma. Eating a balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight may make easier to manage asthma. Eating too much saturated fats may increase the risk of asthma attacks.

Asthma diet charts



A glass of water+ fenugreek seeds


Vegetable Dalia / Broken wheat porridge / Veg Semolina (veg upma) / Veg Vermicelli / Veg poha (Rice flakes) / Veg Idli/ Veg Oats / Besanchilla (gram flour) / Missi Roti / Chapatti with Veg or Dal / 1 egg white only


Fruit/ Vegetable juice/ Coconut water


Chapatti + Vegetable + Dal + salad


Herbal tea / Green tea / Sprouts / Roasted Chickpea / Rice flake Snack/ Homemade soup


Chapatti + Vegetable + Dal + Salad



Cereals to be consumed

Whole wheat, Whole grains cereals, Porridge, Oats

Cereals to be avoided

White Rice, Whole refined flour and its products, refined sugar,


Fruits to be consumed

Apple, Pear, Sugar cane, Papaya, Water melon, Musk melon, Pomegranate

Fruits to be avoided

Apricot, Peaches, Orange, Grapes, All Berries, Dried Fruits and All citrus fruits


Vegetables to be consumed

Cauliflower, Radish, carrot, Peas, Broccoli, Bottle gourd, Round gourd, Bitter gourd, Beans, Garlic, Ginger.

Vegetables to be avoided

Okra, Eggplant, Beans, Potato, Taro roots, Mushroom, Cabbage, Onions, Dried and Canned vegetable


Pulses to be consumed

All Pulses

Pulses to be avoided

Whole pulses (limited amount), Soy and its products


Dairy Products to be consumed


Dairy Products to be avoided

Milk and its products, Cheese, Buttermilk, Condensed milk


Spices to be consumed

Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander Fenugreek, Fennel, Pepper, Garlic, Salt (limited)

Spices to be avoided

Green chili, Red chili, Cloves


Drinks to be consumed

Coconut water, Clear soups, Sugarcane juice, Herbal tea, Beetroot juice, Bitter gourd juice, Pumpkin juice

Drinks to be avoided

Alcohol, Processed and canned food, Junk food, Tea, Coffee


Flesh Foods to be consumed

Egg white portion only (limit)

Flesh Foods to be avoided

Raw, Uncooked and Processed meat, fish especially Selfish, Shark, Swordfish, Tuna Marlin, clams, Mussels, Oysters Scallops, Meat patties, Burgers, Pork, Organ meat like - Liver, Kidney and Chest, Red meat, Prawns, Lobster, Turkey, Rabbit, Bacon, Duck, Goose


Dry Fruits to be consumed

Flaxseed- ½, Sunflower seeds- 1 tsp. (per day), 1 Walnuts, 5 Almonds and 5 Raisins (soaked)

Dry Fruits to be avoided

Cashew nuts, Brazil nuts, Peanuts, Pistachios


Fats to be consumed

Cow ghee, Sunflower oil, Canola oil, Olive oil, Mustard oil

Fats to be avoided

Unsaturated fats, Cream, Palm oil, Coconut oil, Butter, Hydrogenated oil


Prepared Foods to be consumed

Homemade only

Prepared Foods to be avoided

Packed soups, High fat dressing or mayonnaise, Chocolate, Fudge, Butter scotch, Coconut bar, all fried foods, Junk foods, Sauces etc. Peanut butter, Fruit jellies, Jams, Refined sugar, Marmalade, Sweeteners, Chutneys, Pickle, Ice-cream, etc.


  • Walk for at least 30-45 min is recommended.
  • Whole fruit should be preferred to fruit juices.
  • Skipping of meals should be avoided, especially the breakfast
  • Water intake should be increased at least 8-10 glass regularly
  • Herbal Tea - Boil ½ tsp. each of Coriander, Fennel, Cumin in 3 cups of water till it’s reduced to 1 cup. (Two times per day) strain the solution and drink it. Make fresh everytime.
  • Seasonal fruits and vegetables should be consumed.
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