If you're pregnant, be sure to eat a low-fat diet, or else your baby may be fat too?all his or her life! A study in rats shows that exposure to a high-fat diet during pregnancy produces permanent changes in the offspring's brain that lead to overeating and obesity.
Researcher Sarah F. Leibowitz says, "We've shown that short-term exposure to a high-fat diet in utero produces permanent neurons in the fetal brain that later increase the appetite for fat. This work provides the first evidence for a fetal program that links high levels of fats circulating in the mother's blood during pregnancy to the overeating and increased weight gain of offspring after weaning?We're programming our children to be fat."
When your baby is born, don't avoid breastfeeding because of pollutants in human milk?NOT breastfeeding is more of a threat than exposure to any of the chemical agents measured in human milk. Breastfeeding also builds strong lungs!
Given the tendency for persistent organic pollutants, such as pesticides and heavy metals, to accumulate in human milk, researchers and parents want to know if a baby's exposure to these pollutants might reduce or even override the health benefits.
Yet researcher M. Nathaniel Mead discovered that, even in highly polluted areas, breastfed infants have a better outcome, including for breastfed infants. Numerous studies strongly indicate significantly decreased risks of infection, allergy, asthma, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and various cancers in both childhood and adulthood.
The physical effort involved in breastfeeding, which demands a stronger sucking reflex than bottle feeding, may leave babies with stronger lungs. BBC News quotes Dr. Elaine Vickers as saying, "We currently support advice from the Department of Health, which states that where possible, babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life."Art credit: freeimages.co.uk
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