Trans Fats While Breast-Feeding May Plump Up
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Breast-fed babies are much
more likely to put on excess body fat if their mother's diet is
high in trans fats, finds a new study.
U.S. researchers looked at 96 women and their babies. Infants
whose mothers consumed more than 4.5 grams of trans fats per day
while breast-feeding were twice as likely to have a high percentage
of body fat than babies whose mothers consumed lower amounts of
The study also found that mothers who consumed more than 4.5
grams a day of trans fats had a nearly six times greater risk of
excessive fat accumulation. This suggests that intake of trans fats
could have a more significant weight gain effect on women when
they're breast-feeding than at other times in their lives, said the
University of Georgia researchers.
The findings were recently published online in the
European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Further research is needed to learn more about how a mother's
consumption of trans fats may affect her child's long-term
"It would help to be able to follow the child from when the mother was pregnant, through birth, and then adolescence, so that we can confirm what the type of infant feeding and maternal diet during breast-feeding have to do with the recent epidemic of childhood obesity," study co-author Alex Anderson, an assistant professor in the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, said in a university news release.
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