Infants, whose mothers consume excessive amounts of high-fat, high-sugar foods when pregnant or breastfeeding, are likely to have a greater preference for these foods later in life. This is according to a new study published in the FASEB Journal.
The findings suggests the high-fat and high-sugar diet leads to changes in the fetal brain’s reward pathway, altering food preferences. They studied rats and found that the brains of the pups were altered by what their mothers ate during pregnancy.
I don’t know why we need another study to prove what moms eat while pregnant and nursing affect their babies. I guess, we don’t believe that the amount of high-fat, high-sugar in the foods we eat is “excessive.” That’s because we play word games with ourselves (actually lie). What exactly is excessive anyway?
Tristan’s preference for sugar or not is directly related
to how much his mom consumed while pregnant and nursing.
A Spoonful of Sugar
How much sugar should we eat…in moderation? People underestimate the amount of sugar they regularly eat. The average amount of added sugar consumed in a day is a whopping 22 teaspoons. That’s 2 to 3 pounds per week! Obese people eat two and a half times more: 52 teaspoons a day. Some recommend cutting our sugar consumption to 6 teaspoons a day, but truthfully, for optimal health, you shouldn’t be eating any added sugars.
Instead of trying to figure out how much added sugar is in the food you eat, stop eating added sugars altogether. That’s right no added refined sugar. You have to read labels in order to avoid sugar traps.
Especially if you’re pregnant or you’re nursing you can avoid having a child who is addicted to sugar by eating wonderful food with natural sugar in it: fruit and veggies. Choose whole grain cereals and cook at home using natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup sparingly. Drink carbonated water and fruit juice instead of soda. It’s never too late to cut out sugar. Start today.