Women who consumed artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy were 2.2 times as likely to have an infant that was overweight at the age of one-year than women who did not consume artificial sweeteners according to a new study from Canadian researchers.
“These effects were not explained by maternal BMI, diet quality, total energy intake, or other obesity risk factors,” according to the paper.
“There were no comparable associations for sugar-sweetened beverages,” the paper also notes.
“To our knowledge, we provide the first human evidence that maternal consumption of artificial sweeteners during pregnancy may influence infant BMI,” the authors of the study conclude.
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