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Artificial Sweeteners During Pregnancy May Make for Heavier Infants

Posted 9 May 2016 by

MONDAY, May 9, 2016 – Pregnant women who drink artificially sweetened drinks every day may be more likely to give birth to heavier babies who are then more likely to become overweight children, researchers report. "Infants born to women who regularly consumed one or more artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy were twice as likely to be overweight by 1 year of age," said study author Meghan Azad, a research scientist at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. By her definition, an overweight baby weighs more than 97 percent of other babies of the same height and weight. This is the first study to investigate the potential effect of consuming artificial sweeteners during pregnancy and infant weight gain, Azad said. Interestingly, the researchers did not find any connection between drinking sugar-sweetened drinks and infant weight. And the effects were not explained by ... Read more

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