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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Mom's Unhealthy Diet May Have Long-Term Impact on Baby

Rats fed junk food had higher cholesterol, blood fats into adulthood, British study finds.

MONDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- Eating an unhealthy diet during pregnancy may raise your child's lifetime risk of obesity and elevated cholesterol and blood sugar levels, British researchers report.

In tests on rats, a Royal Veterinary College team fed one group of females a diet of processed junk food such as donuts, muffins, cookies, chips and sweets during pregnancy and breast-feeding, while another group of females received a healthy diet of regular feed.

The researchers compared the offspring of the two groups of female rats and found those born to mothers fed a junk food diet had higher levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, a type of fat found in the bloodstream. Both increase the risk of heart disease.

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