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Pregnant mothers who consumed artificial sweeteners daily, 2.2 times greater risk of overweight baby
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Women who consumed artificially-sweetened beverages daily during pregnancy were 2.2 times more likely to have an overweight baby when the baby reached one-year compared to women who consumed no artificially sweetened beverages.
“These effects were not explained by maternal [body mass index], diet quality, total energy intake, or other obesity risk factors,” the authors of the study note.
They also noted that, “There were no comparable associations for sugar-sweetened beverages.”
Azad MB, Sharma AK, de Souza RJ, Dolinsky VW, Becker AB, Mandhane PJ, Turvey SE, Subbarao P, Lefebvre DL, and Sears MR. Association Between Artificially Sweetened Beverage Consumption During Pregnancy and Infant Body Mass Index. JAMA Pediatr, 2016 Jul 01; 170(7): 662-670.
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Meghan B. Azad, PhD
Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba
501G-715 McDermot Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P4, Canada
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