According to a new study by the Journal of Physiology, a diet that is high in fructose-containing sugars that is consumed during pregnancy or while breastfeeding can cause the offspring to have a fatty liver, which may increase their changing of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes.
For example, processed foods, soft drinks, cereals, etc have excess of HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup). A high consumption of these foods or other items in relation is a high contributor to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Up to this point, very few studies provided evidence of a connection between this type of food ingredient and pregnancy.
For this study in particular, the researchers gave female rats water that was supplemented with sucrose (HFCS) at amounts that are similar to standard soft drinks before, during, and after pregnancy. After birth, the offsprings body mass, fat mass & glucose control was measured and tissues were analysed to see the amount and type of fat in their livers. They were found to have detrimental fat content and composition in their livers.
These results shows that timing of the exposure to Fructose sugars is important, which highlights implications for breastfeeding mothers. Maternal nutrition is IMPORTANT, and further education and guidelines should be implemented in order to insure optimal health to a parents' offspring.