Pregnant women who consume low-calorie drinks may program their children as fat, scientists warn
- The drinks with LCS are said to affect the intestinal bacteria of pregnant women
- It means that their children are more likely to become overweight
- An experiment with pregnant rats showed that their babies had 25 percent more fat
Pregnant women who consume low-calorie drinks, such as diet coke, can program their children to be fat, scientists warn.
They say there is increasing evidence that ‘low-calorie sweeteners’ (LCSs) affect the gut bacteria of pregnant women and that these changes are then passed on to their offspring, making it more likely that they will become overweight.
In tests performed by Dr. Raylene Reimer, professor of nutrition at Calgary University in Canada, discovered pregnant rats who received the sweeteners that their babies grew up by about 25 percent more fat.
Warning: pregnant women can program their children to be fat if they drink low-calorie drinks, scientists warn.
The results, published in the journal Gut, showed that both the artificial sweetener aspartame and the natural low-calorie sweetener stevia had a similar effect.
Another survey of 2,500 Canadian women found that the babies of those who drank artificially sweetened drinks daily were twice as likely to be overweight.
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Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, urged women to stick to drinks such as tea.
But the British Soft Drinks Association said that leading health authorities agreed that LCS were safe.