Gold Member Badge


  • You're all caught up!

Foods to Avoid With Bronchitis

author image August McLaughlin
August McLaughlin is a certified nutritionist and health writer with more than nine years of professional experience. Her work has been featured in various magazines such as "Healthy Aging," "CitySmart," "IAmThatGirl" and "ULM." She holds specializations in eating disorders, healthy weight management and sports nutrition. She is currently completing her second cookbook and Weight Limit—a series of body image/nutrition-related PSAs.
Foods to Avoid With Bronchitis
Patient being examined by physician Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Bronchitis is a condition in which the airways in your lungs become inflamed either suddenly, acute bronchitis, or over time, chronic bronchitis, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Symptoms of bronchitis may include wheezing, coughing, sore throat, fever, fatigue, blue-tinged extremities and a burning sensation in your chest. In addition to medical treatments, such as drugs and inhalers, eating appropriate foods may help prevent or alleviate your symptoms. For best results, seek specified guidance from your doctor.

Video of the Day

Fried Foods

Boiling grease
Boiling grease Photo Credit: Hemera Technologies/ Images

Fried foods, such as french fries, fried chicken, onion rings and potato chips, contain high amounts of saturated fat, a fat form linked with increased risk for high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Fried foods may also increase inflammation in your lungs and worsen symptoms of bronchitis, according to "Natural Therapies for Emphysema and COPD." To prevent these occurrences, replace fried foods with baked, steamed, broiled, grilled and fresh foods.

High-Fat Dairy Products

Man sneaks a bite of cake
Man sneaks a bite of cake Photo Credit: RAYES/Digital Vision/Getty Images

High-fat dairy products, though valuable sources of protein and calcium, also contain rich amounts of saturated fat. While healthy bacteria found in yogurt may help manage symptoms of bronchitis, whole milk and high-fat cheeses may exacerbate mucus production and interfere with breathing, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Avoid foods based upon high-fat dairy products as well, which include cream-based soups, cheese-topped pizza, cheesecake, ice cream and Alfredo sauce.

Refined Sugar

Man drinks a cola
Man drinks a cola Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Refined sugar adds sweetness and calories, but virtually no nutrients, to foods and beverages. While eating sugary foods on occasion is acceptable, it is best to avoid sugar-rich foods and drinks as a useful way to help minimize or prevent bronchitis symptoms. Common sources of refined sugar include regular soft drinks, candy, milk chocolate, pancake syrup, jelly, frosting, heavily sweetened cereals and commercially-prepared cakes, cookies, brownie, pies, pastries and muffins.

Salty Foods

Man eating french fries
Man eating french fries Photo Credit: Getty Images/Getty Images News/Getty Images

Foods high in salt, or sodium, may have a damaging impact on your blood pressure and bronchial health. Salty foods raise the water content in your bronchial tissues which may lead to thicker mucus and inflammation in your lungs. To prevent this, use natural herbs rather than table salt to season your foods and avoid high-sodium foods, such as pretzels, crackers, tortilla and potato chips, canned soup, frozen entrees, and processed meats, such as bacon, sausage and pastrami.

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
Lose Weight. Feel Great! Change your life with MyPlate by LIVESTRONG.COM
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
  • Female
  • Male
ft. in.



Demand Media