Sugar May Be the Next Thing Pregnant Ladies Need to Kick to the Curb


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When you're pregnant, you may find yourself making a lot of sacrifices: wine, caffeine, your favorite jeans, all that free time which you now spend peeing. Sometimes it seems like all an expectant lady has left is her pint of ice cream. Hold on to your spoon, though, because here comes another thing you may have to give up: Studies suggest that "secondhand sugars" may be detrimental to the growth and development of infants and children.  

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According to Michael I. Goran, professor of preventive medicine and pediatrics at the University of Southern California and co-director of the school's Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute, sugar exposure may begin to affect children even before they're born -- and not in a positive way. 

In a recent article cowritten with nutrition educator and public health advocate Emily Ventura in the Washington Post, Goran explained that sugars moms consume during pregnancy or while nursing may be passed on to their babies. Unfortunately, this can disrupt healthy growth and development, while also putting the little ones at risk for obesity in the future.

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While the phrase "secondhand sugars" might seem overly dramatic, Goran and Ventura's article says that "the parallels between tobacco and sugar run deeper than you might imagine."

Much like secondhand smoke, the article explains that a "high-sugar environment can harm children's development and their long-term health."

Goran and Ventura even cite a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which indicates that children who were given sugary beverages just three times per week at the age of 10 to 12 months had double the risk of becoming obese. 

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Goran is so concerned, he's even started a website, Secondhand Sugars™, dedicated to educating expectant parents on the dangers of too much sugar.

It might be hard for moms to pass up on those sweet treats, but if it's better for baby, it might be worth considering. After all, having less to worry about is probably better for maternal health in the long-term too.

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