High Fructose Intake, Breastfeeding Linked to Obese Kids

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WASHINGTON—Research presented at The Endocrine Society’s 91st Annual Meeting revealed that mothers who drink an excessive amount of fructose-sweetened beverages during pregnancy or breast-feeding may be likelier to have children—at least sons—who are more prone to becoming overweight and developing type 2 diabetes.

As reported by Newswise, the study, conducted in rats, found that the first male offspring had signs of metabolic endocrine disorders in adulthood, even though the sons ate a normal diet with no extra fructose.

“Based on our study and others, we advise that pregnant and breast-feeding mothers consume a balanced diet with low fructose intake, to help prevent obesity in their children,” said co-author Eduardo Spinedi, Ph.D.

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